US Patent No. 10,338,766

AUDIBLE AND VISUAL OPERATIONAL MODES FOR A HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY DEVICE


Patent No. 10,338,766
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Audible And Visual Operational Modes For A Head-mounted Display Device
Inventorship Christopher Iain Parkinson, Richland, WA (US)
Sanjay Subir Jhawar, Menlo Park, CA (US)
Stephen A. Pombo, Campbell, CA (US)
Kenneth Lustig, Mercer Island, WA (US)
Assignee RealWear, Incorporated, Milpitas, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,338,766

1. A method for operating a wearable device that includes a display, comprising:automatically determining a position of the display relative to a line-of-sight (LOS) of a user that is wearing the wearable device; and
processing a change in operational modes of the wearable device based on the determined position of the display, the operational modes including a first operational mode when the position of the display is determined to be within the LOS of the user, and
a second operational mode when the position of the display is determined to be outside the LOS of the user, wherein operating the wearable device in the second operational mode includes:
determining a feature of content to provide the user;
when the feature of the content is associated with a visual-only condition, providing the user, via an electroacoustic transducer included in the wearable device, and audible indication of the visual-only condition; and
when the feature of the content is associated with a visual-optional condition, providing the user, via the electroacoustic transducer, an audible indication of the content.