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1. WO2020205784 - STEERABLE HYBRID DISPLAY USING A WAVEGUIDE

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CLAIMS

1. A system comprising:

a waveguide;

a beam splitter/combiner;

a first light path for a foveal image element, the first light path including first optics, a steerable element to steer a position of the foveal image element to a particular orientation, the beam splitter/combiner, and a final optics to direct the foveal image element to an in-coupling region of the waveguide;

a second light path for a field image element, the second light path including the beam splitter/combiner and the final optics.

2. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

a foveal display panel, an output of the foveal display panel passing through the first light path;

a field display panel, an output of the field display panel passing through the second light path; and

the beam splitter/combiner working as a beam combiner, to combine the light from the foveal display panel with light from a field display panel prior to entry of the light into the final optics.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the beam splitter/combiner is one of:

a polarized beam splitter working in reverse and a partial mirror.

4. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

one or more mirrors to redirect light.

5. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

a single display panel having a first half and a second half, wherein light from the first portion of the single display panel is directed through the first light path, and the light from the second portion of the single display panel is directed through the second light path.

6. The system of claim 5, further comprising:

a first polarization filter of a first type of polarization over the first half of the single display panel;

a second polarization filter of a second type of polarization over the second half of the single display panel;

the beam splitter/combiner working as a polarized beam splitter, wherein light with the first type of polarization passes through the polarized beam splitter prior to the first optics of the first light path, and passes through the polarized beam splitter a second time, prior to entering the final optics; and

light with the second type of polarization is reflected by the polarized beam splitter toward the final optics of the second light path.

7. The system of claim 6, further comprising a plurality of mirrors to direct the light along the first light path.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein an output of the intermediate optics produces a virtual foveal image prior to the polarized beam splitter/combiner.

9. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

a single display panel;

a polarization filter;

a polarization modulator;

the beam splitter/combiner working as a polarized beam splitter;

wherein light with a first polarization passes through the polarized beam splitter prior to entering the first optics of the first light path, and light with the second polarization is reflected by the polarized beam splitter prior to entering the final optics in the second light path.

10. The system of claim 9, wherein the display panel alternates displaying field image elements and foveal image elements, producing a time sequential split.

11. The system of claim 9, further comprising a plurality of mirrors to direct the light along the first light path.

12. The system of claim 9, wherein an output of the intermediate optics produces a virtual foveal image prior to the polarized beam splitter.

13. The system of claim 1, wherein the first optics comprise a steering cube, the steering cube, including a polarized beam splitter, the light entering the steering cube passing through multiple sides of the steering cube, prior to exiting the steering cube toward the intermediate optics.

14. A system comprising:

a foveal display outputting foveal image data;

a first light path for foveal image data, the first light path including:

first optics,

a steerable element to steer a position of the foveal image element to a particular orientation,

intermediate optics forming a virtual foveal image, and

foveal final optics;

a field display outputting field image data;

a second light path for the field image data, the second light path including a field final optics; and

a waveguide to receive the foveal image data from foveal final optics, and the field image data from the field final optics, the waveguide to guide the image data to an out-coupler for display to a user.

15. The system of claim 14, wherein the foveal display and the field display are a single display.

16. The system of claim 15, wherein the single display has a first portion and a second portion, wherein light from the first portion of the single display panel is directed through the first light path, and the light from the second portion of the single display panel is directed through the second light path.

17. The system of claim 15, wherein the single display includes a polarizing filter, and the single display time sequentially outputs the foveal image data and the field image data.

18. The system of claim 14, wherein the field final optics and the foveal final optics are a single set of optics, the system further comprising:

a beam splitter/combiner to combine the foveal image data and the field image data prior to entry into the single set of optics.

19. The system of claim 14, wherein the first optics comprise:

a steering cube comprising a rectangular prism bisected by a polarized beam splitter, having a plurality of sides.

20. The system of claim 19, wherein the foveal light data enters the steering cube, is reflected by the polarized beam splitter, exits the steering cube and is reflected back into the steering cube by the steerable element, prior to exiting the steering cube via another face of the steering cube.