USPTO Archive

Recently Published: A Review of Magic Leap’s Newest Public Patent Application

Every month or so, I will be covering a newly published patent application for virtual reality. My methodology is simple: search for patents containing the phrase “virtual reality,” and sort by newest. Keep in mind that patent applications typically publish 18 months from the earliest claimed priority date. First up is an application for using […]

USPTO Granted a Patent for the Oculus DK1 the Same Month the DK1 was Discontinued

In a fast changing market, even a couple of weeks can seem like an eternity. Consumer products may have an effective life span of a year or less before a new version comes out to replace the old version. While this is a sign of a healthy market, the speed can certainly cause some strains […]

Valve’s Lighthouse Patent is Under Third-Party Scrutiny

The Vive has a massive advantage over competitors: the lighthouse. Also called a base station, the lighthouse is an elegant solution to the complex problem of accurately tracking in real-time a VR user in 3-dimensional space. View the Valve’s patent application For the purposes of this article, it is sufficient to understand that the base-station […]

Ahead of its Time: a VR Patent from 1957

When one hears the words “virtual reality,” images are conjured up of high-tech computers, modern technology, and millions of dollars of research and development. Clearly, up until recently, we simply did not have the technological know-how or powerful enough computers to create a VR headset. At least that was my assumption. Enter the United States […]