Superimposing Visual Information On Observers Field Of View (e.g., Head-up Arrangement, Etc.) Patents (Class 359/630)
  • Patent number: 10310271
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods that implement waveguides in curved transparent combiners that are well-suited for use in wearable heads-up displays (WHUDs) are described. Curved transparent combiners employ an optical lens or optical lens blank with a waveguide or light guide embedded therein and with low refractive index materials interposed between one or more major surfaces of the waveguide and the optical lens or blank to facilitate total internal reflection while the waveguide is embedded in the lens. The curved transparent combiners may optionally include in-couplers and/or out-couplers to provide transparent combiners that substantially match a shape, size, and geometry of conventional eyeglass lenses and can, in some implementations, embody prescription curvatures to serve as prescription eyeglass lenses. The waveguides and in-/out-couplers are planar or curved depending on the implementation. WHUDs that employ such curved transparent combiners are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: North Inc.
    Inventors: Shreyas Potnis, Timothy Paul Bodiya, Stefan Alexander
  • Patent number: 10311628
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention includes a method for rendering a geometry object in a computer-generated scene. A screen space associated with a display screen is divided into a set of regions. For each region; a first sampling factor in a horizontal dimension is computed that represents a horizontal sampling factor for pixels located in the region, a second sampling factor in a vertical dimension is computed that represents a vertical sampling factor for the pixels located in the region, a first offset in the horizontal dimension is computed that represents a horizontal position associated with the region, and a second offset in the vertical dimension is computed that represent a vertical position associated with the region. When the geometry object is determined to intersect more than one region, an instance of the geometry object is generated each region that the geometry object intersects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric B. Lum, Justin Cobb
  • Patent number: 10302986
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes an illumination unit, a polarizing element which transmits a specific polarized component of light entering from the illumination unit, a display panel which transmits the polarized light entering from the polarizing element while maintaining or converting a polarized state, an optical element comprising a transmission axis which transmits first linearly polarized light, which transmits or reflects the light entering from the display panel and a reflective element which retro-reflects the light reflected by the optical element, and the display panel and the reflective element face one surface of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Takeo Koito, Yudai Numata
  • Patent number: 10304255
    Abstract: A data processing unit generates graphics data that are sent to a display screen of a head-mountable structure worn by a user. Thereby, the user can observe the image data, which reflect a virtual reality environment implemented by the data processing unit, namely image data representing a field of view as seen by the user from a particular position and in a particular direction in the virtual reality environment. The head-mountable structure includes a first light source projecting a well-defined light pattern on a light-reflecting surface. The data processing unit is associated with an image registering unit recording image data representing the first well-defined light pattern. The data processing unit calculates the graphics data based on the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Incredible Machine of Sweden AB
    Inventor: John Elvesjö
  • Patent number: 10306217
    Abstract: A virtual image display device configuring a display device includes a display section that displays an image while enabling visual recognition of an outside scene. The virtual image display device includes an image pickup section that picks up an image in an image pickup range that overlaps with at least a range visually recognized through the display section. The virtual image display device includes a coupling section that includes at least one movable section and couples the image pickup section to the display section and a plurality of light emitting sections fixedly provided in the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Sato
  • Patent number: 10302946
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a frame 10 to be mounted on the head of a viewer; and an image display device 100 attached to the frame 10. The image display device 100 includes: an image forming device 111; and an optical device 120 that guides an image from the image forming device 111 to an eye of the viewer. The optical device 120 includes: a first deflecting unit 130 that deflects the image from the image forming device 111; and a second deflecting unit 140 that deflects the image deflected by the first deflecting unit 130, toward the eye 21 of the viewer. A light reflecting member 151 is further provided to face the image forming device 111, with the optical device 120 being interposed between the image forming device 111 and the light reflecting member 151. Light emitted from the image forming device 111 passes through the optical device 120, is reflected by the light reflecting member 151, reenters the optical device 120, and is deflected by the first deflecting unit 130.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Aiki
  • Patent number: 10302945
    Abstract: Embodiments are described of an apparatus including an eyepiece having a front surface, a back surface spaced apart from the front surface, and an edge forming a perimeter of the eyepiece. The eyepiece includes an angled surface to direct light eye-measurement light reflected from an eye into the eyepiece and to direct display light out of the eyepiece to the eye. A first waveguide is formed in the eyepiece and extending from the angled surface to the edge, the first waveguide being optically coupled to a first portion of the angled surface having a first surface treatment. And a second waveguide is formed in the eyepiece and extending from the angled surface to the edge, the second waveguide being optically coupled to a second portion of the angled surface having a second surface treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Hayes S. Raffle, Ozan Cakmakci, Oscar A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 10302948
    Abstract: A display device of the embodiment includes an image generating unit which emits a light including an image information, and a light guide optical system which generates an image from the light which is emitted from the image generating unit at a position of an exit pupil, in which the light guide optical system is provided with a first mirror (a first deflection unit) which deflects the light which is emitted from the image generating unit, and a second mirror (a second deflection unit) which further deflects the light which is deflected by the first mirror to guide the light to the position of the exit pupil and transmits a portion of external light, and in which an optical axis of the light which propagates from the first mirror toward the second mirror and an optical axis of the exit pupil form an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Ide, Masatoshi Yonekubo
  • Patent number: 10296792
    Abstract: Examples of systems and methods for determining a limbic boundary of an iris of an eye are provided. Properties of the corneal bulge can be computed from eye images. An intersection of the corneal bulge with the eye surface (e.g., sclera) can be determined as the limbic boundary. The determined limbic boundary can be used for iris segmentation or biometric applications. A head mounted display can include a camera that images the eye and a processor that analyzes the eye images and determines the limbic boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexey Spizhevoy, Gholamreza Amayeh, Adrian Kaehler
  • Patent number: 10288888
    Abstract: An eyeglass-type wearable device includes a first temple part that is positioned along one temporal region of a user, a second temple part that is positioned along the other temporal region of the user, and a front part that is positioned in front of the face of the user, when the eyeglass-type wearable device is worn by the user. The first temple part includes a first electrical unit, and the second temple part includes a second electrical unit. The front part includes a first connection section to which the first temple part is connected, a second connection section to which the second temple part is connected, and a connection line that electrically connects the first electrical unit of the first temple part and the second electrical unit of the second temple part when the first temple part and the second temple part are connected to the front part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Sugihara, Seiji Tatsuta, Teruo Tomita
  • Patent number: 10288886
    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: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OAKLEY, INC.
    Inventor: James H. Jannard
  • Patent number: 10288885
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes: a first display that displays a first image, the first display being located in front of a pupil of a user in a forward-looking-state in which the pupil is looking forward; a second display that displays a second image, the second display being located diagonally in front of the pupil in the forward-looking-state; a first eye lens that causes first light of the first image to pass through the pupil, the first eye lens being located between the pupil and the first display in the forward-looking-state; and a second eye lens that causes second light of the second image to pass through the pupil, the second eye lens being located between the pupil and the second display in the forward-looking-state. The distance between the second display and the second eye lens decreases as a distance from the first display increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Makino
  • Patent number: 10278867
    Abstract: Helmet assemblies with flip-type welding visors are provided. A representative helmet assembly includes: a grinding shell having a grinding view port; a welding visor mounted to the grinding shell and having a welding view port; and a connector extending between the grinding shell and the welding visor. The welding visor is rotatable between lower and upper positions. In the lower position, the welding view port is aligned with the grinding view port. In the upper position, the welding visor is rotated toward the back of the grinding shell such that the line of sight of the wearer is unobstructed by the welding view port. Interaction of the grinding shell, the connector and the welding visor, responsive to rotation of the welding visor between the lower and upper positions, provides a biasing force to urge the welding visor towards a selected one of the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: A.C.E. INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: James Watkins, Ed Martin
  • Patent number: 10274741
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a display for a personal immersion apparatus for embodying the virtual reality or the augmented reality. The present disclosure suggests a display for a personal immersion apparatus comprising: a display panel; and an imaging lens; wherein the display panel includes: a plurality of pixel areas disposed on a substrate; an emission area defined in the each pixel area; a non-emission area surrounding the emission area in the each pixel area; and a micro deflector configured to deflect lights scattered over the non-emission area from the emission area to a normal direction with respect to a surface of the substrate, and to provide the deflected lights to the imaging lens, and wherein the imaging lens is disposed apart from the display panel with a focal length of the imaging lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyungseok Bang, Seungman Ryu, Jonggeun Yoon, Yongku Lee
  • Patent number: 10267970
    Abstract: A thermal monitoring and dissipation system for use with an optical device is described. The optical device includes the following: a frame defining a pair of eye openings and including a pair of arms configured to extend over the ears of a user of the optical device; a temperature monitoring system configured to monitor a distribution of heat within the frame; a display assembly configured to display content to a user of the optical device; and a processor configured to receive temperature data from the temperature monitoring system and to adjust an output of the display assembly based on variation in the distribution of heat within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Jones, Jr., Paul M. Greco, Charles Robert Schabacker
  • Patent number: 10261580
    Abstract: A mirror device with a display function includes a display panel, a half mirror, a switching unit, and a direction changing unit. The display panel displays an image. The half mirror is provided on a display surface of the display panel. The switching unit performs switching between a mirror mode operation, in which the display of the image on the display panel is stopped and a mirror surface of the half mirror is used, and a display mode operation in which the image is displayed on the display panel. The direction changing unit changes a direction of the display surface or the mirror surface in response to the switching of the mode operation performed by the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyo Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10261321
    Abstract: There is provided an optical system, including a light-transmitting substrate having at least two major surfaces parallel to each other edges, and an optical device for coupling light into the substrate by total internal reflection. The device includes a polarization sensitive reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LUMUS LTD.
    Inventor: Yaakov Amitai
  • Patent number: 10254545
    Abstract: A pair of spectacles equipped with at least one lens and intended to be worn by a user, the spectacles comprising displaying means allowing the data to be projected into a field of view of the user, and an anti-glare screen provided with a variable transmission coefficient allowing the intensity of incident light intended to pass through the lens toward the user to be attenuated, the displaying means and the anti-glare screen being positioned so that some of the rays emitted by the displaying means, in order to display the data, strike the anti-glare screen, the spectacles being configured to adapt the transmission coefficient of the anti-glare screen depending on the intensity of the incident light, the displaying means furthermore being coupled to the anti-glare screen so that the displaying means display data when the anti-glare screen transmits the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: David Hue, Benoist Fleury
  • Patent number: 10241336
    Abstract: In a retinal scanning display device, a scanning section scans a light beam emitted from a light source to form a scanned image. The light beam emitted from the scanning section is expanded in beam width of the light beam in a first direction by a first beam width expander. The first beam width expander includes alternately stacked first partially reflective layers and first light-transmissive layers disposed between a pair of first reflection faces that face each other in the first direction. The plural partially reflective layers include a partially reflective layer having a transmittance exceeding 50%. This enables the light intensity distribution to be appropriately adjusted in the first direction for a light beam expanded in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Ide, Masatoshi Yonekubo
  • Patent number: 10229653
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: determining a display luminosity with a control unit based on a travel condition; generating a display area based on controlling the display luminosity; and generating a display combination based on the display area including a display extent area, a display non-extent area, or a combination thereof for displaying a display content on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain, Gregory Stewart Aist, Casey Carter, Shalu Grover, Naveen Kumar Vandanapu
  • Patent number: 10228564
    Abstract: Implementations of an augmented reality (AR)-capable display device for displaying polarized light generated by a display onto a predefined field of view are disclosed herein. The display device comprises an optical arrangement having a predefined arrangement relative to a predefined position of the display and defining the field of view. The optical arrangement comprises a mirror element disposed within the field of view and at least partially transmissive of ambient light incident on a first surface and at least partially reflective of light incident on an opposite second surface, a polarized beam splitter element disposed within the field of view and closer to the second surface of the mirror element than the first surface, a half-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the display and outside the field of view, and a quarter-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the mirror element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric C. Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10222520
    Abstract: A chromatic diffusing layer (510) comprises a plurality of nanoparticles (37) embedded in a matrix (39), for Rayleigh-like scattering with an average size d in the range 10 nm?d?240 nm, and a ratio between the blue and red scattering optical densities Log [R(450 nm)]/Log [R(630 nm)] of said chromatic reflective unit falls in the range 5???2.5, where R(?) is the monochromatic normalized specular reflectance of the chromatic reflective unit, which is the ratio between the specular reflectance of the chromatic reflective unit and the specular reflectance of a reference sample identical to the chromatic reflective unit except for the fact that the chromatic diffusing layer does not contain nanoparticles with the size d in the range 10 nm?d?240 nm and for the direction normal to the reflective layer (508) of the chromatic reflective unit (506), the monochromatic normalized specular reflectance R(?) of the chromatic reflective unit at a wavelength of 450 nm is in the range from about 0.0025 to about 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CoeLux S.r.l.
    Inventors: Paolo Di Trapani, Davide Magatti, Antonio Lotti
  • Patent number: 10222614
    Abstract: A refractive optical system is disposed in an optical path from a display surface to a viewing area and between a projection optical system and the viewing area. A housing receives a display device, the projection optical system, and the refractive optical system, and is provided with an opening. An opening cover has at least partially a curved portion, and is disposed in the opening so that light emitted from the display surface is incident on a convex side of the curved portion. When a light beam that is emitted from a center of the display surface and reaches a center of the viewing area is referred to as a reference light beam, a head-up display satisfies the following condition (1): L2?L1??(1) where L1 is a distance from an end on the anterior side of the observer of the refractive optical system to the opening cover, and L2 is a distance from a position at which the reference light beam passes through the refractive optical system to the opening cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kuzuhara, Hiroaki Okayama
  • Patent number: 10203502
    Abstract: The image display apparatus includes an optical system causing a light flux entering from an original image through an entrance surface to reflect at a part of reflective surfaces, causing the reflected light flux to form an intermediate image, and then causing the light flux to reflect at another part of the reflective surfaces and exit from an exit surface toward an exit pupil located in a first direction. The optical element includes a first optical portion, a second optical portion provided in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction with respect to the first optical portion, and a connection portion to be connected to a holding portion provided in the apparatus. The connection portion is formed on a side face of the first optical portion so as to be included within a maximum width of the second optical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryoji Kondo
  • Patent number: 10206025
    Abstract: Apparatus comprises adapter and speaker system. Adapter is configured to plug into port of personal digital audio player. Speaker system is in communication with adapter, and comprises multiple acoustic transducers, programmable processor circuit, and wireless communication circuit. In first operational mode, processor circuit receives, via adapter, and processes digital audio content from personal digital audio player into which adapter is plugged, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the received audio content from the personal digital audio player. In second operational mode, wireless communication circuit receives digital audio content from a remote digital audio source over a wireless network, processor circuit processes the digital audio content received from remote digital audio source, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the audio content received from the remote digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KOSS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Koss, Michael J. Pelland, Michael Sagan, Steven R. Reckamp, Gregory J. Hallingstad, Jeffery K. Bovee, Morgan J. Lowery
  • Patent number: 10197801
    Abstract: Head-worn computers may include a rigid optical chassis mechanically configured to provide a stable optical mounting reference plane with an image source reference plane, a first image source mounted on the image source reference plane and configured to project a first image light from the stable optical mounting reference plane to a combiner positioned in front of a user's eye when the head-worn computer is worn by the user, an outer frame configured to hold the optical chassis such that, when worn by the user, the first image light is aligned with the eye of the user, and an arm rotatably mounted on the outer frame and adapted to be positioned on a user's ear, wherein the arm comprises a battery compartment and a wire connected to at least the first image source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 10191286
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an optical imaging structure and virtual reality spectacles. In one embodiment, an optical imaging structure includes: an eyeglass component; and at least one light guide wall distributed along an edge of the eyeglass component, wherein, two opposite end faces of the at least one light guide wall are respectively a light incoming face and a light outgoing face; wherein, an inner rim of the light outgoing face joins the edge of the eyeglass component and extends in an optical axis direction of the eyeglass component, and, the light outgoing face is gradually distanced from the eyeglass component from the inner rim to an outer rim of the light outgoing face; and wherein, the at least one light guide wall includes a first light guide wall and a second light guide wall respectively disposed at left and right sides of the eyeglass component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruijun Dong, Dong Chen, Hao Zhang, Lili Chen, Chenru Wang, Xuebing Zhang, Yali Liu
  • Patent number: 10185212
    Abstract: A projection display apparatus that tracks a user's eye with an eye tracker and displays a high-resolution image at a position of the user's eye. The projection display apparatus includes an eye tracker configured to track an eye of a user; a projector configured to project an image; and a controller configured to control the projector, based on a position of the eye of the user obtained from the eye tracker, to perform a first operation to project a first portion of the image at a first resolution onto a first region with respect to the position of the eye of the user, and to perform one of a second operation to project a second portion of the image at a second resolution lower than the first resolution onto a second region excluding the first region, and a third operation to refrain from projecting the image in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaeseung Chung, Geeyoung Sung, Hongseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10185146
    Abstract: In a head-mounted display for blocking out an outside world from a user's vision when worn by the user to present a video, an outside world measurement section measures outside world information. A notification information detection section detects whether or not the information measured by the outside world measurement section contains any notification information to be notified to the user. A notification section notifies the user when the notification information detection section detects notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10180574
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes an image forming device, a collimating optical system, and an optical device. The optical device includes a light guide plate, a first deflecting member that deflects light incident on the light guide plate, and a second deflecting member that deflects the light, which propagates in the light guide plate by total reflection, a plurality of times. The first and second deflecting members are provided in the light guide plate. Light having one wavelength emitted from at least one pixel satisfies the following condition: 2t·sin ??2?WY?2t·sin ?+2 where an axial direction of the light guide plate is the Y-direction, WY prepresents the width in the Y-direction of the light incident on the light guide plate, t represents the thickness of the light guide plate, and ? represents the total reflection angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 10175486
    Abstract: A head-mounted display optical system includes: a light deflecting element; a first lens group that has a positive refracting power as a whole, includes a plurality of rotationally symmetrical lenses and one free-form surface lens, and condenses the light incident through the light deflecting element; a second lens group that includes one lens having a positive refracting power that is arranged in a vicinity of an imaging position of an intermediate image formed by the first lens group; a third lens group that includes one rotationally symmetrical lens and one free-form surface lens; and a light reflecting element that has a free-form surface shape formed in a rotationally asymmetrical manner with respect to the optical axis and has a reflection surface that reflects the light having transmitted through the third lens group, in a sequence from a side of the light source side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10176961
    Abstract: Night vision systems that are compact in size due to one or more of the design of the optical system and light detector module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Hong Hua, Stanley K. Pau
  • Patent number: 10168778
    Abstract: A device has a biometric sensor, a display, a light source, and a hardware processor. The biometric sensor measures biometric information of a user of the device. The display displays augmented reality (AR) content. The light source outputs a visual signal. The hardware processor performs operations comprising: identifying a task being performed by the user of the device, determining a disruption level based on a combination of the AR content, the task, and the biometric information, and generating, using the light source, the visual signal corresponding to the disruption level. The visual indicator visually alerts other users of other devices to avoid engaging the user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Kazansky, Sterling Crispin, Stefanie A. Hutka
  • Patent number: 10168772
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device mountable on a head of a user includes a display, a sensor configured to capture an image, a processor electrically connected with the display and the sensor, and a memory electrically connected with the processor, wherein the memory includes instructions, which, when executed, cause the processor to provide a guide screen that guides the user to gaze at a front of a display, to capture an image, in which at least a portion of an eye of the user is included, using the sensor, and to determine a wearing state of the electronic device based on at least one of a location of the eye or a location of a pupil of the user displayed in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jung Soo Kim, Heon Chol Kim, Joo Namkung
  • Patent number: 10168535
    Abstract: An optical element includes a plurality of mirrors; a first transmittance member interposed between adjacent two mirrors; and a second transmittance member provided on one of an incidence and an exit side of the image and the external image with respect to the first transmittance member. A surface of one transmittance member opposite to the other transmittance member among the first and the second transmittance member is an incidence surface on which the image and the external image are incident via a light guiding body. A surface of the other transmittance member is an exit surface from which the image and the external image are exited. Each of the plurality of mirrors is disposed so as to be inclined with respect to the incidence surface. The plurality of mirrors include a first and a second mirror whose width is narrower than a width of the first mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shohei Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10160320
    Abstract: A head-up display includes a display device that displays an image toward a vertically downward direction, a first mirror that reflects the image to output reflected light toward a vertically upward direction, and a second mirror that reflects the reflected light from the first mirror to output reflected light toward a vertically upward direction. A vehicle includes the head-up display, and a windshield that reflects the reflected light emitted from the head-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Yonetani, Satoshi Kuzuhara
  • Patent number: 10163990
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a camera module, and a heat sink plate. The display panel displays an image on a front surface, and includes a first substrate, a sub-pixel structure, and a reflection pattern. The display panel includes a plurality of pixel regions each having sub-pixel regions, a transparent region, and a reflection region surrounding the sub-pixel regions and the transparent region. The sub-pixel structure is disposed in the sub-pixel region. The second substrate is disposed on the sub-pixel structure. The reflection pattern is disposed on the second substrate, but not on the sub-pixel region and the transparent region. The camera module is disposed in a second surface on the display panel, and the second surface is opposite to the first surface. The heat sink plate is disposed between the display panel and the camera module, and has an opening that is aligned with the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Mo Chung, Byung-Ik Kong, Byoung-Ki Kim, Ho-Jin Yoon, Dae-Woo Lee, Jae-Beom Choi
  • Patent number: 10156722
    Abstract: Several unique hardware configurations and methods for freeform optical display systems are disclosed. A freeform display system includes primary freeform optical element(s) and secondary freeform optical element(s) in tiled arrangements to expand the horizontal field of view (FOV) or the vertical field of view. The system may include a variable focusing system that produces intermediate pupil and changes the focal distance of a single focal plane or switches among multiple focal planes for rendering objects in focus while resolving accommodation-convergence conflict. The system may map light samples to appropriate light rays in physical space and use a cluster of projectors to project the mapped light rays to produce the light field of the virtual display content. Methods for making tiled freeform optical display systems and methods for producing virtual content with variable focus freeform optics and rendering light fields are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Chunyu Gao, Hong Hua
  • Patent number: 10146997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for eyelid shape estimation are disclosed. In one aspect, after receiving an eye image of an eye (e.g., from an image capture device), an eye pose of the eye in the eye image is determined. From the eye pose, an eyelid shape (of an upper eyelid or a lower eyelid) can be estimated using an eyelid shape mapping model. The eyelid shape mapping model relates the eye pose and the eyelid shape. In another aspect, the eyelid shape mapping model is learned (e.g., using a neural network).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian Kaehler
  • Patent number: 10146772
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to language translation systems for head-worn computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 10139632
    Abstract: Embodiments include a head-worn display including a display panel sized and positioned to produce a field of view to present digital content to an eye of a user, and a processor adapted to present the digital content to the display panel such that the digital content is only presented in a portion of the field of view, the portion being in the middle of the field of view such that horizontally opposing edges of the field of view are blank areas. The processor is adapted to shift the digital content into one of the blank areas to adjust the convergence distance of the digital content and thereby change the perceived distance from the user to the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 10140906
    Abstract: An optical axis of a light emitting element is inclined against a normal line of a light emitting surface of the light emitting element to a central side of a display area in a row direction according to positions of subpixels in the row direction, and the optical axis is inclined against the normal line of the light emitting surface to the central side of the display area in a column direction according to the positions of the subpixels in the column direction. A range of inclination of the optical axis is different in the row direction and the column direction. In the row direction and the column direction, the subpixels are disposed such that color filters of the same color are arranged in a direction in which the range of inclination becomes larger, and color filters of colors which are different from each other are arranged in another direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Koshihara
  • Patent number: 10139620
    Abstract: Provided is a head-up display capable of displaying a plurality of virtual images presented at different distances while increasing the design flexibility in the display device for creating the virtual images. The head-up display comprises: a first display surface disposed to extend the light path of first image light emitted toward a viewer and a second display surface disposed to make the light path of second image light emitted shorter than that of the first image light; a first concave reflector for reflecting the first image light and the second image light; and a second concave reflector for reflecting the image light reflected from the first concave reflector. The first concave reflector is configured such that the first image light and the second image light intersect with each other in the vertical direction between the first concave reflector and the second concave reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamazoe, Takuro Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10133162
    Abstract: A projection display apparatus that tracks a user's eye with an eye tracker and displays a high-resolution image at a position of the user's eye. The projection display apparatus includes an eye tracker configured to track an eye of a user; a projector configured to project an image; and a controller configured to control the projector, based on a position of the eye of the user obtained from the eye tracker, to perform a first operation to project a first portion of the image at a first resolution onto a first region with respect to the position of the eye of the user, and to perform one of a second operation to project a second portion of the image at a second resolution lower than the first resolution onto a second region excluding the first region, and a third operation to refrain from projecting the image in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaeseung Chung, Geeyoung Sung, Hongseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10134197
    Abstract: A data processing unit generates graphics data that are sent to a display screen of a head-mountable structure worn by a user. Thereby, the user can observe the image data, which reflect a virtual reality environment implemented by the data processing unit, namely image data representing a field of view as seen by the user from a particular position and in a particular direction in the virtual reality environment. The head-mountable structure includes a first light source projecting a well-defined light pattern on a light-reflecting surface. The data processing unit is associated with an image registering unit recording image data representing the first well-defined light pattern. The data processing unit calculates the graphics data based on the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Incredible Machine of Sweden AB
    Inventor: John Elvesjö
  • Patent number: 10131279
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing and a glass element, and is configured to be turned to an on state and an off state. A peripheral support is disposed proximate a periphery of the glass element and configured to retain the glass element against the display module. The peripheral support includes a radio frequency shield integral therewith. An actuator device is disposed on a bottom surface of the housing and operably coupled with the glass element. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in one direction, thereby moving the glass element to an off-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in another direction, thereby moving the glass element to an on-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Richard T. Fish, Jr., Richard Allen Berry, Jason D. Hallack
  • Patent number: 10126555
    Abstract: An eyepiece optical member has an easy-to-clean interior, and a head-mounted display device is provided with the eyepiece optical member. The eyepiece optical member includes a housing with a built-in display element, a light guide prism in which image light from the display element enters through an entrance surface and is guided to exit from an exit surface towards an eyeball of an observer so as to be observed as a magnified virtual image, and a protective member formed separately from the housing and covering a portion of the light guide prism. The housing includes two opposing plate-like portions, the light guide prism is fixed to the protective member as an assembled member, and the assembled member is sandwiched between the two opposing plate-like portions. The head-mounted display device includes a support member for fixation to a wearer's head and includes the eyepiece optical member attached to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Sugihara, Yoichi Iba
  • Patent number: 10127727
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide an interactive environment over an expanded field-of-view are presented herein. The system may include one or more of a headset, a first image forming component held by the headset, a second image forming component held by the headset, one or more physical processors, and/or other components. The first image forming component may be configured to generate light rays to form a first set of images of virtual content at a first resolution. The first set of images of virtual content may be presented to the user over a first angular portion of the user's field-of-view. The second image forming component may be configured to generate light rays to form a second set of images of virtual content at a second resolution. The second set of images of virtual content may be presented to the user over a second angular portion of the user's field-of-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Meta Company
    Inventors: Sheng Yuan, Ashish Ahuja, Jie Xiang, Raymond Chun Hing Lo
  • Patent number: 10129538
    Abstract: A controller that may implement variation of the content of binocular images which may depend upon which region of a binocular image a viewer is fixating. An aspect of the present disclosure may include locally controlling the viewer's perceived depth impression which may depend on where in perceived depth in an image the viewer is fixating. This may enable the perceived depth to be optimized across the image for quality and performance reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas S. Holliman, Michael G Robinson
  • Patent number: 10127713
    Abstract: A method including defining a virtual space for immersing a user. The method further includes defining a field of view of a head mounted display. The method further includes generating an image of the field of view based on the virtual space that is visually recognizable by the user. The method further includes updating the image of the field of view in synchronization with movement of the head mounted display. The method further includes generating the image of the field of view including a guiding region which covers a part of the virtual space for guiding a sight line of the user when the image of the field of view is updated without synchronization with the movement of the head mounted display. The method further includes displaying the image of the field of view on the head mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Takao Kashihara