US 11,656,472 B2
Head-mounted augmented reality device employing an optical bench
Yaakov Greenstein, Jerusalem (IL); Uri Shultz, Petach Tikvah (IL); and Shmuel Friedman, Ness Ziona (IL)
Assigned to LUMUS LTD., Ness Ziona (IL)
Appl. No. 16/758,109
Filed by Lumus Ltd., Ness Ziona (IL)
PCT Filed Oct. 22, 2018, PCT No. PCT/IL2018/051127
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Apr. 22, 2020,
PCT Pub. No. WO2019/077614, PCT Pub. Date Apr. 25, 2019.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/575,477, filed on Oct. 22, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2020/0278557 A1, Sep. 3, 2020
Int. Cl. G02B 27/14 (2006.01); G02B 27/01 (2006.01)
CPC G02B 27/0176 (2013.01) [G02B 27/0172 (2013.01); G02B 27/0179 (2013.01); G02B 2027/0132 (2013.01); G02B 2027/0163 (2013.01); G02B 2027/0181 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A head-mounted augmented reality device for displaying an augmented reality display to a user viewing a real scene, the device comprising:
(a) a pair of optical modules including a right optical module for a right eye of the user and a left optical module of a left eye of the user, each of said optical modules comprising a collimating display source optically coupled to a light guide, said light guide being at least partially transparent to allow direct viewing of the real scene by the user through said light guide and being configured to guide image illumination projected by said collimating display source to a coupling-out region, and to couple out at least some of said image illumination from said coupling-out region towards an eye of the user;
(b) a support structure configured to engage a head of the user so as to be supported by the head of the user; and
(c) an optical bench comprising:
(i) a first set of alignment features for aligning and affixing said right optical module,
(ii) a second set of alignment features for aligning and affixing said left optical module, and
(iii) a suspension arrangement for suspending said optical bench relative to said support structure,
wherein said support structure has a pair of side arms deployed for engaging ears of the user and the device has a glasses-frame configuration supported primarily by the ears of the user and a nose of the user,
and wherein each of said first and second sets of alignment features comprises at least one planar alignment surface and at least two locating features for locating known reference locations of said optical module relative to said at least one planar alignment surface, and wherein said at least one planar alignment surface for aligning said right optical module and said at least one planar alignment surface for aligning said left optical module are inclined relative to each other to define an angle of binocular convergence,
and wherein said optical bench provides the sole mechanical connection between said pair of optical modules and said support structure.