Facebook Patent | Strap arm of head-mounted display with integrated audio port

Patent: Strap arm of head-mounted display with integrated audio port

Publication Number: 10194225

Publication Date: 2019-01-29

Applicants: Facebook

Abstract

A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a strap arm that transmits audio. The HMD includes a front rigid body and a strap arm. The strap arm includes a body portion defining a boss having an aperture that rotatably connects the strap arm to the front rigid body. The body portion defines an audio passage to transmit sound and an audio port to output the sound. The audio passage is defined along the body portion between the aperture of the boss and the audio port. A speaker is positioned, such as within the aperture, to emit the sound through the audio passage and to the audio port. The strap arm can further include a back volume unit that enhances the sound transmitted through the audio passage.

Background

The present disclosure generally relates to a strap system for a head-mounted display, and specifically to a strap system with integrated audio ports for transmitting sound.

Head-mounted displays (HMDs) have wide applications in various fields, including engineering design, medical surgery practice, military simulated practice, and video gaming. For example, a user wears an HMD while playing video games so that the user can have a more interactive experience in a virtual environment. As opposed to other types of display devices, an HMD is worn directly over a user’s head. The HMD may directly interface with a user’s face while exerting pressure onto the user’s head due to its weight. Hence, a strap system is used in the HMD to secure the HMD securely to the user’s head in a comfortable manner.

Audio systems for HMDs are also subject to constraints often not encountered in other devices. Ear buds or ear phones of HMDs impose inconvenience because of lines to transmit signals to the ear buds or ear phones. Moreover, when the HMDs are used by multiple users, sharing of ear buds or ear phones may cause hygiene issues.

Summary

Embodiments relate to a head-mounted display (HMD) including a strap arm that transmits audio. The HMD includes a front rigid body, and the strap arm attached to a strap that secures the front rigid body to a user’s head. The strap arm includes a body portion and a speaker. The body portion defines a boss at a side of the body portion. The boss includes an aperture, and rotatably connects the strap arm to the front rigid body. The body portion further defines an audio passage to transmit sound and an audio port to output the sound. The audio passage being is along the body portion between the aperture of the boss and the audio port. The speaker is positioned, such as within the aperture, to emit the sound through the audio passage and to the audio port.

In some embodiments, the strap arm further includes a back volume unit. The back volume unit includes an enclosure portion and a cylindrical column. The cylindrical column is inserted through the aperture of the boss. The cylindrical column defines a second aperture. The speaker is positioned within the second aperture with a back side of the speaker facing an interior surface of the enclosure portion to define a back volume between the interior surface and the back side of the speaker for enhancing the sound emitted by the speaker. At least a portion of the sound from the speaker is transmitted from the back volume through the audio passage.

Some embodiments include a strap arm for a head-mounted display (HMD). The trap arm includes a body portion and a speaker. The body portion defines a boss at a side of the body portion, the boss having an aperture, and the boss rotatably connecting the strap arm to a front rigid body of the HMD. The body portion further defines an audio passage to transmit sound and an audio port to output the sound. The audio passage is defined along the body portion between the aperture of the boss and the audio port. The speaker is positioned, such as within the aperture, to emit the sound through the audio passage and to the audio port.

Some embodiments include an HMD including a housing and a strap arm. The strap arm is attached to a strap that secures the housing to a user’s head. The strap arm includes a body portion defining a boss at a side of the body portion. The boss has an aperture, and the boss rotatably connects the strap arm to the housing. The body portion further defines an audio passage to transmit sound from the aperture and an audio port to output the sound. The audio passage is defined along the body portion between the aperture of the boss and the audio port.

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