Microsoft: ‘One-Size Fits Most’ Doesn’t Work For Augmented Reality

Insisting viewers will need  “precisely aligned” augmented reality devices in order to enjoy “accurate images and prevent user discomfort,” Microsoft has found a way to produce customized frames in high volumes.

The invention detailed in a patent published on Tuesday is an approach the software giant could pursue for mass production of Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality devices. Microsoft is also reportedly developing inexpensive VR glasses similar to Google Cardboard.

Joel JacobsMicrosoft Director Of Product Design Joel Jacobs is named as lead inventor on the patent, titled, “Customized see-through, electronic display device.”

Abstract: Customizing frames for augmented reality devices includes receiving a fit profile of a user and selecting a stock frame from a set of different frame sizes. The selected stock frame may be a size that is a closer match to the fit profile than other frame sizes in the set, and the stock frame may be adjusted to create a modified frame that provides a closer match to the fit profile than the stock frame. A see-through display may be coupled to the modified frame.

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Claims: 

1. A high-volume method of customizing frames for augmented reality devices, comprising: receiving an interpupillary distance and a plurality of fit points of a first user; creating a first customized frame to accommodate the plurality of fit points of the first user; coupling a first see-through display to the first customized frame, the first see-through display selected from a plurality of differently-sized see-through displays to space exit pupils of the first see-through display equal to the interpupillary distance of the first user; receiving an interpupillary distance and a plurality of fit points of a second user, the plurality of fit points of the second user different than the plurality of fit points of the first user; creating a second customized frame to accommodate the plurality of fit points of the second user; and coupling a second see-through display to the second customized frame, the second see-through display selected from the plurality of differently-sized see-through displays to space exit pupils of the second see-through display equal to the interpupillary distance of the second user, the first see-through display coupled to the first customized frame via a first set of mountings and the second see-through display coupled to the second customized frame via a second set of mountings, the first set of mountings positioned at a first location on the first frame and the second set of mountings positioned at a second location on the second frame, the first and second locations having identical relative positions.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein creating the first customized frame further comprises selecting a stock frame and adjusting the stock frame to create a modified frame, the modified frame providing a closer match to the plurality of fit points of the first user than the stock frame.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein creating the second customized frame further comprises selecting a stock frame and adjusting the stock frame to create a modified frame, the modified frame providing a closer match to the plurality of fit points of the second user than the stock frame.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the first customized frame is a different size than the second customized frame.