Magic Leap, Inc. (Plantation, FL)

Systems and methods for showing a cursor as well as a focus indicator associated with real or virtual objects in the virtual, augmented or mixed reality environment by the wearable display device are disclosed. The system is able to determine the spatial connection between the cursor of a user and the object within the environment. The system could put a focus indicator in place, such as a halo or shading around nearby objects. The focus indicator may be more prominent in directions closer to the cursor while delaying in directions farther from the cursor. If the cursor is in contact with a target object the system may render the object in front of the cursor (or not render the cursor in any way), so the object isn’t obscured by the cursor. The cursor and the focus indicator will provide the user with information about their position and assist the user navigate among objects in the environment.

Modern technology in display and computing allow us to create systems that enable “virtual reality” as well as augmented reality or mixed reality experience. They are digitally recreated images, or portions thereof that appear real, or are perceived as similar. Virtual reality (or “VR”) scenario usually presents digital or virtual information without transparency to any other visible inputs from the real world. A virtual reality (or “AR”) scenario typically presents digital or virtual data as an augmentation of visualization of the actual environment around the person using it. Mixed reality, or MR is the process of creating of new environments where virtual and physical objects interact and co-exist. As it turns out, the human visual perception system is very complex, and producing a VR, AR, or MR technology that facilitates a comfortable,natural-feeling, rich presentation of virtual image elements amongst other virtual or real-world imagery elements is challenging. The techniques and systems discussed herein address a variety of issues with VR, AR, and MR technology.

Wearable displays is a device that displays either a cursor or a focus indicator that is associated with real objects or virtual objects in a virtual or an augmented reality setting. For example, rendering the cursor in front of objects in the environment can cause the object to be obscured and place more emphasis in the visual hierarchy on the cursor itself rather than the object that it is interacted with. Accordingly, designs of the wearable system can utilize an eclipse cursorthat moves behind the object being targeted (e.g., so that the cursor appears to be “eclipsed” by the object being targeted), which tends to maintain the focus on the target object rather than the cursor in the visual hierarchy of the user. To aid the user in finding the cursor among objects in the environment the system may render a focus indicator around objects near the cursor. The focus indicator could be a halo or shading around the cursor. The focus indicator could be highlighted (e.g. or brighter, a shade or color or larger) nearer to the cursor (and deemphasized farther from the cursor), which can provide visual clues to the user when they navigate the cursor through the surrounding environment, and in selecting a target object. An indicator of focus and an eclipse cursor could offer users a more natural, immersive experience.

In various forms, a wearable display system can detect a spatial connection between a cursor that is user-movable and one or more targeted objects within the environment. For example users can move the cursor using the device with a user input device that is held in the hand (e.g. an totem). Wearable systems could place a focus indicator, such as a halo or shading of objects around the cursor. The focus indicator can be highlighted in the direction closest to the cursor, and deemphasized in the direction away from the cursor. If the cursor is in contact with an object of interest, the system could render the cursor behind the object (or not render the cursor in any way) and the object does not get obscured by the cursor (e.g. that the object crosses the cursor). The focus indicator and the cursor will provide the user with feedback on their position and assist users navigate between objects in the environment.

In various aspects the disclosure includes an ornamental design for a display screen or a portion thereof with an icon or a transitional (e.g., animated) graphical user interface. An augmented, mixed, or virtual reality display device may include the display screen or the portion of it.

Details of any one or more implementations of the subject matter described in this specification are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other characteristics, aspects and advantages will be apparent from thedescription, the drawings as well as the claims. This summary and the detailed description that follows is intended to define or limit the extent of the subject matter inventive.

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