Magic Leap Patent | Systems and methods for virtual and augmented reality

Patent: Systems and methods for virtual and augmented reality

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Publication Number: 20210297808

Publication Date: 20210923

Applicants: Magic Leap

Assignee: Magic Leap

Abstract

This disclosure describes techniques for receiving information that is wirelessly transmitted to a mobile computing system by wireless devices that are proximal to a route being travelled by the mobile computing system, and presenting at least a portion of the received information through a display of the mobile computing system. The information can be displayed according to a computing experience that is determined for a user of the mobile computing system (e.g., user-selected, inferred based on a stored schedule of the user, and so forth). Different sets of location-based information can be transmitted to the mobile computing system from different wireless devices that the mobile computing system comes into proximity with while traveling along a route. In some instances, the information can be locally stored on the wireless device(s) to reduce latency.

Claims

1. A method performed by a mobile computing system, the method comprising: determining a computing experience for a user of the mobile computing system; establishing a wireless connection between the mobile computing system and each of a plurality of wireless devices, wherein each respective wireless device is in proximity to a travel route of the mobile computing system; receiving, over each respective wireless connection between the mobile computing system and a respective wireless device, location-based information that is associated with a location of the respective wireless device in proximity to the travel route; and presenting, through a display of the mobile computing system, the location-based information received from each of the plurality of wireless devices, wherein the location-based information is presented according to the determined computing experience.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the computing experience includes receiving a selection of the computing experience that is made by the user through the mobile computing system.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein determining the computing experience includes: accessing at least one data source that stores a schedule of the user; and inferring the computing experience based at least partly on the schedule of the user.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein: at least two of the plurality of wireless devices are at different locations in proximity to the travel route; and the respective location-based information received from each of the at least two wireless devices is presented, through the display, during different periods of time.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein: the computing experience includes at least one regulation that indicates at least: i) a first type of content to be displayed while the computing experience is employed, and ii) a second type of content to not be displayed while the computing experience is employed; and presenting the location-based information includes presenting the first type of content and not presenting the second type of content.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is stored locally on the respective wireless device.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the mobile computing system is a wearable computing device.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is communicated to the mobile computing system responsive to the mobile computing system scanning a marker that is proximal to the location.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein at least the portion of the location-based information is communicated to the mobile computing system from a cloud-based storage system.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein: the display of the mobile computing system is an augmented reality display or a mixed reality display; the location-based information sent from the respective wireless device includes geometric information associated with a feature in proximity to the location of the respective wireless device; and presenting the location-based information includes using the geometric information to present a virtual representation of the feature in the display.

11. A mobile computing system comprising: a display; at least one processor communicatively coupled to the display; and memory communicatively coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising: determining a computing experience for a user of the mobile computing system; establishing a wireless connection between the mobile computing system and each of a plurality of wireless devices, wherein each respective wireless device is in proximity to a travel route of the mobile computing system; receiving, over each respective wireless connection between the mobile computing system and a respective wireless device, location-based information that is associated with a location of the respective wireless device in proximity to the travel route; and presenting, through the display, the location-based information received from each of the plurality of wireless devices, wherein the location-based information is presented according to the determined computing experience.

12. The system of claim 11, wherein determining the computing experience includes receiving a selection of the computing experience that is made by the user through the mobile computing system.

13. The system of claim 11, wherein determining the computing experience includes: accessing at least one data source that stores a schedule of the user; and inferring the computing experience based at least partly on the schedule of the user.

14. The system of claim 11, wherein: at least two of the plurality of wireless devices are at different locations in proximity to the travel route; and the respective location-based information received from each of the at least two wireless devices is presented, through the display, during different periods of time.

15. The system of claim 11, wherein: the computing experience includes at least one regulation that indicates at least: i) a first type of content to be displayed while the computing experience is employed, and ii) a second type of content to not be displayed while the computing experience is employed; and presenting the location-based information includes presenting the first type of content and not presenting the second type of content.

16. The system of claim 11, wherein at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is stored locally on the respective wireless device.

17. The system of claim 11, wherein the mobile computing system is a wearable computing device.

18. The system of claim 11, wherein at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is communicated to the mobile computing system responsive to the mobile computing system scanning a marker that is proximal to the location.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein at least the portion of the location-based information is communicated to the mobile computing system from a cloud-based storage system.

20. The system of claim 11, wherein: the display of the mobile computing system is an augmented reality display or a mixed reality display; the location-based information sent from the respective wireless device includes geometric information associated with a feature in proximity to the location of the respective wireless device; and presenting the location-based information includes using the geometric information to present a virtual representation of the feature in the display.

Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] The present disclosure claims benefit of priority under 35 U.S.C. .sctn. 119(e) of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 62/693,891, titled “Systems and Methods for Virtual and Augmented Reality,” which was filed on Jul. 3, 2018. The entire contents of this priority document are incorporated by reference into the present disclosure.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] This invention is related to connected mobile computing systems, methods, and configurations, and more specifically to mobile computing systems, methods, and configurations featuring at least one wearable component which may be utilized for virtual and/or augmented reality operation.

BACKGROUND

[0003] It is desirable that mixed reality, or augmented reality, near-eye displays be lightweight, low-cost, have a small form-factor, have a wide virtual image field of view, and be as transparent as possible. In addition, it is desirable to have configurations that present virtual image information in multiple focal planes (for example, two or more) in order to be practical for a wide variety of use-cases without exceeding an acceptable allowance for vergence-accommodation mismatch. Referring to FIG. 1, an augmented reality system is illustrated featuring a head-worn viewing component (2), a hand-held controller component (4), and an interconnected auxiliary computing or controller component (6) which may be configured to be worn as a belt pack or the like on the user. Each of these components may be operatively coupled (10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18) to each other and to other connected resources (8) such as cloud computing or cloud storage resources via wired or wireless communication configurations, such as those specified by IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth.RTM., and other connectivity standards and configurations. The augmented reality system can include the two depicted optical elements (20) through which the user may see the world around them along with visual components which may be produced by the associated system components, for an augmented reality experience. There is a need for compact and persistently connected systems and assemblies which are optimized for use in wearable computing systems.

SUMMARY

[0004] The present disclosure is generally directed to presenting information through a display of a mobile computing system. More specifically, the present disclosure describes, according to various embodiments, receiving information that is wirelessly transmitted to the mobile computing system by wireless devices that are proximal to a route being travelled by the mobile computing system, and presenting at least a portion of the received information through a display of the mobile computing system according to a computing experience determined for a user of the mobile computing system.

[0005] Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method performed by the mobile computing system, the method including the following operations: determining a computing experience for a user of the mobile computing system; establishing a wireless connection between the mobile computing system and each of a plurality of wireless devices, wherein each respective wireless device is in proximity to a travel route of the mobile computing system; receiving, over each respective wireless connection between the mobile computing system and a respective wireless device, location-based information that is associated with a location of the respective wireless device in proximity to the travel route; and presenting, through a display of the mobile computing system, the location-based information received from each of the plurality of wireless devices, wherein the location-based information is presented according to the determined computing experience.

[0006] Embodiments of the present disclosure can also optionally include one or more of the following aspects: determining the computing experience includes receiving a selection of the computing experience that is made by the user through the mobile computing system; determining the computing experience includes accessing at least one data source that stores a schedule of the user, and inferring the computing experience based at least partly on the schedule of the user; at least two of the plurality of wireless devices are at different locations in proximity to the travel route; the respective location-based information received from each of the at least two wireless devices is presented, through the display, during different periods of time; the computing experience includes at least one regulation that indicates at least: i) a first type of content to be displayed while the computing experience is employed, and ii) a second type of content to not be displayed while the computing experience is employed; presenting the location-based information includes presenting the first type of content and not presenting the second type of content; at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is stored locally on the respective wireless device; the mobile computing system is a wearable computing device; at least a portion of the location-based information that is associated with the location of the respective wireless device is communicated to the mobile computing system responsive to the mobile computing system scanning a beacon that is proximal to the location; at least the portion of the location-based information is communicated to the mobile computing system from a cloud-based storage system; the display of the mobile computing system is an augmented reality display or a mixed reality display; the location-based information sent from the respective wireless device includes geometric information associated with a feature in proximity to the location of the respective wireless device; and/or presenting the location-based information includes using the geometric information to present a virtual representation of the feature in the display.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 shows an example computing system.

[0008] FIGS. 2-5 show example environments in which a mobile computing system can operate according to embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0009] FIG. 6-8 show schematics of example wireless devices according to embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0010] FIG. 9 shows an example marker which can be employed according to embodiments of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0011] Referring to FIG. 2, a travelling scenario (160) is depicted wherein a user of a mobile computing system, such as the wearable computing system described in reference to FIG. 1, operates in the world. FIG. 2 illustrates a home (22) of the user which features at least one wireless device (40) configured to connect the user’s wearable computing system. As the user navigates the world around him, here in an illustrative example day wherein the user travels (30) from home (22; point A–80) to work (24; points B–82, C–84, D–86, E–88); then from work (24) he travels (32; points I–96, J–98) to a park (26) for a walk (28; points K–100, L–102, M–104) before the rest of the return (34; points N–106, O–108) to home (22)–along the way coming into wireless contact between his mobile computing system and various wireless devices (40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, and others as shown in magnified views of FIG. 3 and FIG. 4). Preferably the mobile computing system is configured to utilize various wireless devices and information exchanged therewith to provide the user with a relatively low-latency and robust connectivity experience, generally subject to user preferences which may be selected by the user.

[0012] In some embodiments, the mobile computing system can be an augmented reality, or mixed reality, system as described, for example, in U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 14/555,585, 14/690,401, 14/331,218, 15/481,255, and 62/518,539, each of which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

[0013] In one embodiment, the mobile computing system may be configured such that the user selects certain aspects of his computing experience for the day. For example, through a graphical user interface, voice controls, and/or gestures, the user may input to the mobile computing system that he’ll have a typical work day, usual route there, stopping at park for brief walk on the way home. Preferably the mobile computing system has certain artificial intelligence aspects so that it may use integration with his electronic calendar to provisionally understand his schedule, subject to quick confirmations. For example, as he is departing for work, the system may be configured to say or show: “headed to work; usual route and usual computing configuration”, and this usual route may be garnered from previous GPS and/or mobile triangulation data through his mobile computing system. The “usual computing configuration” may be customized by the user and subject to regulations; for example, the system may be configured to only present certain non-occlusive visuals, no advertisements, and no shopping or other information not pertinent to driving while the user is driving, and to provide an audio version of a news program or current favorite audiobook while the user is driving on his way to work. As the user navigates the drive on the way to work, he may leave connectivity with his home wireless device (40) and enter or maintain connectivity with other wireless devices (42, 44, 46, 48). Each of these wireless devices may be configured to provide the user’s mobile computing system with information pertinent to the user’s experience at relatively low latency (e.g., by storing locally certain information which may be pertinent to the user at that location). FIGS. 6 and 7 illustrate certain aspects of wireless devices which may be utilized as described herein; the embodiments of FIGS. 8 and 9 feature non-storage beacon and/or marker configurations which also may be utilized to connect directly to locally-pertinent cloud-based information without the benefit of local storage.

[0014] For example, as the user travels from point A (80) to point B (82) to point C (84), a local wireless device (44) around point C (84) may be configured to pass to the user’s mobile system geometric information which may be utilized on the user’s mobile computing system for highlighting where a trench is being created at such location, so that the user clearly visualizes and/or understands the hazard while driving past, and this geometric information (which may feature a highlighted outline of the trench, for example; may also feature one or more photos or other non-geometric information) maybe locally stored on the local wireless device (44) so that it does not need to be pulled from more remote resources which may involve greater latency in getting the information to the driver. In addition to lowering latency, local storage also may function to decrease the overall compute load on the user’s mobile computing system, because the mobile system may receive information that it otherwise would have had to generate or build itself based upon sensors, for example, which may comprise part of the locally mobile hardware.

[0015] Once the user arrives at the parking lot of his work (24), the system may, for example, be configured to detect walking velocity and to be configured by the user to review with the user his schedule for the day, via an integration with his computerized calendaring system, as he is walking up to the office. Certain additional information not resident on his locally mobile computing system may be pulled from local sources (48, 50, for example) which may feature certain storage capacity, to again facilitate smaller mobile overhead and lower latency versus direct cloud connectivity.

[0016] Referring to FIG. 4, once in the office (24), the user may connect with a variety of wireless devices (50, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74), each of which may be configured to be able to provide location-based information. For example, when at point F (90), the user’s mobile computing system may be configured to detect the location (such as by GPS, computer vision, marker or beacon identification, and/or wireless device (60, 62, 64) triangulation) and then quickly upload from local storage (e.g., from a wireless device 60, 62, 64) to his mobile computing system information pertinent to that location, such as a dense triangular mesh of the geometry of the room, or certain information pertaining to whose office that room is, information about that person, or other information that may be deemed relevant, such as by an artificial intelligence agent working automatically on the user’s mobile computing system. Various other wireless devices (50, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74) may be positioned in other locations of the office and configured to feature other location-based information, again to provide local users with low-latency and robust mobile computing functionality without everything, such as determination of the room geometry, being done de novo by the sensor facilities local to the mobile computing system in real time. Referring to FIG. 3, similar wireless device resources (40, 56, 58) may be utilized in the home (22) to assist with location-based information as the user navigates (P–110, Q–112, R–114, S–116, T–118, U–120) the home with his mobile computing system. In the office (24) or home (22) environments, the mobile computing system may be configured to utilize external resources quite differently from driving. For example, the artificial intelligence component of the user’s mobile computing system may be aware that the user likes to watch nightly news highlights from the previous week (perhaps in a display manner that would ordinarily not be acceptable when driving, but is acceptable when walking, or perhaps automatically expanding when the user stops walking around and is seated or standing mobile) as he is walking around on Saturday mornings between 7 and 8 am, and so when walking velocity is detected, the system may be configured to deliver such highlights from local storage between those hours, while also gathering other location-based information such as the position of various objects or structures within the house (e.g., to decrease computer vision processing load) in the pertinent location.

[0017] Similarly, as the user navigates a walk (28) through the park (26), shown in magnified view in FIG. 5, local wireless device resources (54) may be utilized to provide location-based information, such as background information related to a sculpture garden that the user may be observing as he walks along; such information may be displayed or reproduced as audio as the user is walking around in a manner that is tailored and/or customizable to his walking-in-a-park scenario (e.g., as opposed to driving, or walking around in the home or work).

[0018] Referring to FIG. 6, in one embodiment, one of more of the aforementioned wireless devices (40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, and others as shown in magnified views of FIG. 3 and FIG. 4) may comprise a system as shown in FIG. 6, wherein a local controller (134), such as a processor, is operatively coupled (138) to a power supply (132), such as a battery, a transceiver (130), such as a transmitting and receiving antenna set, and a local storage device (136), such as a mass storage or memory device. The storage device (136) may be operatively coupled (140) to external storage resources (146), such as cloud storage resources; the local power supply (132) may be operatively coupled (142) to external power resources (148), such as for long term charging or replenishment; the transceiver (130) may be operatively coupled to external connectivity resources (150) to provide access, for example, to the internet backbone. All of these local and connected resources may be configured based upon the location of such device, to provide local users with information tailored to the local scenario, whether such information is pertinent to traffic, shopping, weather, structures, culture, etc. FIG. 7 illustrates an embodiment similar to that of FIG. 6, but without local storage facility–the components thereof are operatively coupled (141) to remote storage resources (146), such as cloud resources; such an embodiment as in FIG. 7 maybe utilized in various configurations in place of embodiments such as those in FIG. 6, without the benefit of directly local storage (as described above, such local storage may be beneficial in reducing latency in terms of providing information to a mobile system in the area). Referring to FIG. 8, in further scenarios without local storage capability, a transmitter beacon (41) type of device, for example featuring only a transmitter (131, not a two-way transceiver) and a relatively long-term battery (132), may be utilized to connect to a locally positioned mobile computing device to share location or beacon identification information the functions as a pointer to connect mobile computing system with pertinent cloud resources (e.g., bypassing local storage, but providing information akin to: you are here+pointers to cloud resources that are pertinent). Referring to FIG. 9, in a very basic scenario, a non-electronic marker (43), such as an aruco marker, may be utilized to also function as a pointer to connect mobile computing system with pertinent cloud resources (e.g., bypassing local storage, but providing information akin to: you are here+pointers to cloud resources that are pertinent).

[0019] As described above, to decrease latency and generally increase useful access to pertinent location-based information, wireless devices with localized storage resources, such as those depicted in FIG. 6, may be located throughout the interiors of structures such as homes, enterprises, etc.–and also exteriors, such as urban downtown areas, outsides of stores or shops, etc. Similarly, wireless devices without localized storage capacity–but operatively coupled to, or pointed to, remote storage resources, also may be located throughout the interiors of structures such as homes, enterprises, etc.–and also exteriors, such as urban downtown areas, outsides of stores or shops, etc.

[0020] In one embodiment, the mobile computing system may be customizable by the user to present information filtered on a time-domain basis, such as by how old or “stale” such information is. For example, the user may be able to configure the system to only provide traffic information while he is driving that is 10 minutes old or newer, etc. (e.g., the time domain aspect may be customized/configurable); or the user may be able to configure the system to only present architectural (e.g., position of walls within a building) that is one year old or newer etc. (e.g., the time domain aspect may be customized/configurable).

[0021] Various example embodiments of the invention are described herein. Reference is made to these examples in a non-limiting sense. They are provided to illustrate more broadly applicable aspects of the invention. Various changes may be made to the invention described and equivalents may be substituted without departing from the true spirit and scope of the invention. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation, material, composition of matter, process, process act(s) or step(s) to the objective(s), spirit or scope of the present invention. Further, as will be appreciated by those with skill in the art that each of the individual variations described and illustrated herein has discrete components and features which may be readily separated from or combined with the features of any of the other several embodiments without departing from the scope or spirit of the present inventions. All such modifications are intended to be within the scope of claims associated with this disclosure.

[0022] The invention includes methods that may be performed using the subject devices. The methods may comprise the act of providing such a suitable device. Such provision may be performed by the end user. In other words, the “providing” act merely requires the end user obtain, access, approach, position, set-up, activate, power-up or otherwise act to provide the requisite device in the subject method. Methods recited herein may be carried out in any order of the recited events which is logically possible, as well as in the recited order of events.

[0023] Example aspects of the invention, together with details regarding material selection and manufacture have been set forth above. As for other details of the present invention, these may be appreciated in connection with the above-referenced patents and publications as well as generally known or appreciated by those with skill in the art. The same may hold true with respect to method-based aspects of the invention in terms of additional acts as commonly or logically employed.

[0024] In addition, though the invention has been described in reference to several examples optionally incorporating various features, the invention is not to be limited to that which is described or indicated as contemplated with respect to each variation of the invention. Various changes may be made to the invention described and equivalents (whether recited herein or not included for the sake of some brevity) may be substituted without departing from the true spirit and scope of the invention. In addition, where a range of values is provided, it is understood that every intervening value, between the upper and lower limit of that range and any other stated or intervening value in that stated range, is encompassed within the invention.

[0025] Also, it is contemplated that any optional feature of the inventive variations described may be set forth and claimed independently, or in combination with any one or more of the features described herein. Reference to a singular item, includes the possibility that there are plural of the same items present. More specifically, as used herein and in claims associated hereto, the singular forms “a,” “an,” “said,” and “the” include plural referents unless the specifically stated otherwise. In other words, use of the articles allow for “at least one” of the subject item in the description above as well as claims associated with this disclosure. It is further noted that such claims may be drafted to exclude any optional element. As such, this statement is intended to serve as antecedent basis for use of such exclusive terminology as “solely,” “only” and the like in connection with the recitation of claim elements, or use of a “negative” limitation.

[0026] Without the use of such exclusive terminology, the term “comprising” in claims associated with this disclosure shall allow for the inclusion of any additional element–irrespective of whether a given number of elements are enumerated in such claims, or the addition of a feature could be regarded as transforming the nature of an element set forth in such claims. Except as specifically defined herein, all technical and scientific terms used herein are to be given as broad a commonly understood meaning as possible while maintaining claim validity.

[0027] The breadth of the present invention is not to be limited to the examples provided and/or the subject specification, but rather only by the scope of claim language associated with this disclosure.

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