Facebook Patent | Removable Facial Interface for Head-Mount Display

Patent: Removable Facial Interface for Head-Mount Display

Publication Number: 20190041899

Publication Date: 2019-02-07

Applicants: Facebook

Abstract

Embodiments relate to a facial interface in a head-mount display. The facial interface assembly is comprised of three separate layers of various materials that are contoured to assemble into a removable facial interface that may be replaced in the event that it becomes worn due to use. The facial interface assembly is composed of a periphery frame, a semi-rigid frame, and facial interface foam. These three layers are of varying rigidity, and support contours designed to fit together in a flush manner comprising a removable facial interface assembly.

Background

The present disclosure relates to a head-mounted display (HMD), and specifically, to a facial interface in a HMD.

Head-mounted displays may be used to present augmented and/or virtual information to a user. For example, a virtual reality (VR) headset can be used to simulate virtual environments. HMDs are used in a variety of fields, some of these include gaming, engineering, medicine, and aviation.

Because a HMD is designed to be worn on a user’s head, it typically includes a region that makes physical contact with the user’s face. For the comfort of the user, this region is commonly comprised of a low-density foam, or other material designed to minimize agitation of the user’s skin. However, this low-density region may be subject to a greater degree of wear than other components on the HMD given its repetitive exposure to friction, oils, and/or chemicals on a user’s face. Moreover, the users may wish to use facial interface with different colors or design based on the user’s preference.

Summary

Embodiments relate to a facial interface in a HMD. The facial interface assembly includes three separate layers of various materials that are contoured to assemble into a removable facial interface that may be replaced. The facial interface assembly is composed of a periphery frame, a semi-rigid frame, and facial interface foam. These three layers are of varying rigidity, and support contours designed to fit together to interface with a user’s face comfortably.

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