Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Beverly Hills, CA, United States

RealD Inc. is the company that develops the RealD Cinema technology, used for projecting films in stereoscopic 3D using circularly polarized light. The company was founded in 2003 by Michael V. Lewis and Joshua Greer. Between 2005 and 2007 the company purchased StereoGraphics Inc. and optical components technology company ColorLink, a provider of rear-projection television equipment, polarizing film and optical technologies including technologies for the US Military. RealD developed its acquired technology to create its 3D cinema systems.RealD supplies 3D technology to customers including Fortune 500 companies, theme parks, education centers, and for medical research and procedures. The company held its initial public offering on July 20, 2010, when a total of 14,375,000 shares of common stock were sold. Wikipedia.


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Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-02-15

Curved polarization filters and methods of manufacturing such filters are described in the present disclosure. An exemplary method includes laminating a planar polarization layer to a planar retarder layer at a predetermined orientation and bending the laminate to create a curved filter. The strain on the retarder layer results in stress-induced birefringence, and the predetermined orientation of the retarder substantially compensates for the stress-induced birefringence. In some embodiments, the predetermination is based on mathematical models. In some other embodiment, the predetermination is based on experimental data.


Optical systems having at least one polarization beam splitter (PBS) are operable to receive randomly-polarized light bundles from a projector lens. The PBS is further operable to direct light bundles having a state of polarization (SOP) along a light path and operable to direct other light bundles having a different SOP along different light paths. The light paths have optical path lengths which may differ. Each light path produces an image having a distortion which may differ from the distortion of an image produced by a different light path. A compensation in a light path is operable to convert a non-compensated distortion of an image into a compensated distortion that more closely matches the distortion of images in other light paths.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2016-10-03

Disclosed embodiments include stereoscopic systems having at least one compensator operable to reduce the sensitivity of polarization control over incidence angle of image source optics and analyzer optics. In an exemplary embodiment, the disclosed compensator is operable to compensate polarization changes induced by optics at either or both the image source subsystem and the analyzer subsystem, in which the polarization changes would be operable to cause leakage at the analyzer subsystem if uncompensated. As such, the disclosed compensators and compensation techniques are operable to reduce leakage at the analyzer subsystem even if the disclosed compensator may be located at the analyzer subsystem.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2016-10-11

An imaging directional backlight apparatus includes a waveguide and a light source array for providing large area directed illumination from localized light sources. The waveguide may include a stepped structure. The steps may include extraction features optically hidden to guided light, propagating in a first forward direction. Returning light propagating in a second backward direction may be refracted, diffracted, or reflected by the features, providing discrete illumination beams exiting from the top surface of the waveguide. Viewing windows are formed through imaging individual light sources and define the relative positions of system elements and ray paths. The uncorrected system creates non-illuminated void portions when viewed off-axis preventing uniform wide angle 2D illumination modes. The input end may have microstructures arranged to remove this non uniformity at wide angles. The microstructures may have reduced reflectivity for parts of the input end that contribute to stray light in privacy and autostereoscopic modes.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-01-30

Disclosed is a light guiding valve apparatus comprising an optical valve, a two dimensional light source array and a focusing optic for providing large area collimated illumination from localized light sources. A stepped waveguide may be a stepped structure, in which the steps may be extraction features optically hidden to guided light, propagating in a first forward direction. Returning light propagating in a second backward direction may be refracted, diffracted, or reflected by the features to provide discrete illumination beams exiting from the top surface of the waveguide. A two dimensional array of viewing windows may be produced. Such controlled illumination may provide for efficient, multi-user autostereoscopic displays with wide viewing freedom and low cross talk and near-eye displays that are substantially transparent.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2016-11-10

An imaging directional backlight apparatus includes a waveguide and light source array for providing large area directed illumination from localized light sources. The waveguide may include a stepped structure in which steps may include extraction features optically hidden to guided light, propagating in a forward direction. Returning light propagating in a backward direction may be refracted, diffracted, or reflected by the features to provide discrete illumination beams exiting from the top surface of the waveguide. Viewing windows are formed through imaging individual light sources and defines the relative positions of system elements and ray paths. Alignment of the waveguide to mechanical and optical components may be provided by surface relief features of the waveguide arranged in regions adjacent the input surface and intermediate the light emitting regions of the light sources. Efficient, uniform operation may be achieved with low cross talk for application to autostereoscopic and privacy modes of operation.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-01-25

A directional display may include a waveguide. The waveguide may include light extraction features arranged to direct light from an array of light sources by total internal reflection to an array of viewing windows and a reflector arranged to direct light from the waveguide by transmission through extraction features of the waveguide to the same array of viewing windows. A further spatially multiplexed display device comprising a spatial light modulator and parallax element is arranged to cooperate with the illumination from the waveguide. An efficient and bright autostereoscopic display system with low cross talk and high resolution can be achieved.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-01-10

Disclosed is a light guiding valve apparatus including an imaging directional backlight, an illuminator array and an observer tracking system arranged to achieve control of an array of illuminators which may provide a directional display to an observer over a wide lateral and longitudinal viewing range, wherein the number of optical windows presented to the observer as viewing windows is controlled dependent on the lateral and longitudinal position or speed of an observer.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-05-03

A directional privacy display may include a waveguide; and an array of light sources and spatial light modulator that operate in a time sequential manner. The waveguide may include light extraction features arranged to direct light from an array of light sources by total internal reflection to an array of viewing windows and a reflector arranged to direct light from the waveguide by transmission through extraction features of the waveguide to the same array of viewing windows. First and second phases may be temporally multiplexed with respective primary and secondary images and primary and secondary angular illumination distributions. An efficient and bright privacy display may be provided with obscured primary image visibility for off-axis observers.


Patent
RealD | Date: 2017-07-19

The present disclosure provides discussion of screen vibration to reduce speckle in display applications and/or projection screens. Electrical transducers or reactors may be used with a screen to reduce or remove speckle in projection screens and/or display applications. Electrical transducers may not be directly mounted to a screen, thus eliminating many mechanical failure modes associated with a vibrating transducer as well as resulting in a much quieter operation. By design, the reactors or transducers may actually contact the screen, and can take up less than one square inch of screen surface each, than previous designs, which may be outside of the active viewing area and within 12 inches of the screen border, preferably less than approximately 1 inch from screen edge. The reactors are magnets, though any ferrous material can be made to work with certain operating conditions.

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