Meta Platforms had eight patents in connectivity during Q1 2024. Meta Platforms Inc has filed patents for optical systems supporting eye tracking in head-mounted devices, backlight units with laser integration for color conversion in displays, photonic integrated circuits for interferometry and sensing, and integration of off-normal VCSELs with PICs for efficient light coupling. These innovations aim to enhance user experience in augmented reality and virtual reality devices. GlobalData’s report on Meta Platforms gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Meta Platforms grant share with connectivity as a theme is 25% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Fringe projector for depth sensing (Patent ID: US20240093984A1)

The patent filed by Meta Platforms Inc. describes an optical system designed to support eye tracking operations in a head-mounted device. The system includes a transparent layer, lasers, and output couplers that generate a fringe pattern on the user's eye. The system utilizes waveguides to split and redirect light beams, allowing for depth sensing and image capture within the device.

Furthermore, the patent outlines a head-mounted display (HMD) incorporating the described optical system, a fringe projector, and image sensors to generate image data representative of the fringe pattern. A controller within the HMD operates the laser and processes the image data to create a 3D depth map of the eyebox region. The method described involves emitting light beams, splitting them using waveguides, projecting a fringe pattern onto the user's eye, capturing images of the pattern, and generating a depth map based on these images. Additionally, the method includes modifying the laser's wavelength to alter the fringe pattern characteristics and utilizing multiple lasers to create and analyze multiple fringe patterns for depth mapping.

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