Oculus | System For Discharging Heat Out Of Head-mounted Display Based On Hybrid Fan And Heat Pipe

Patent: System For Discharging Heat Out Of Head-mounted Display Based On Hybrid Fan And Heat Pipe

Publication Number: 20180307282

Publication Date: 2018-10-25

Applicants: Oculus VR, LLC

Abstract

A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a hybrid fan, a printed circuit board (PCB) with one or more electronic components and a heat pipe to dissipate heat. The hybrid fan has a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD. The hybrid fan pulls air from a rear side of the HMD. The heat pipe has an end coupled to the PCB. The heat pipe partially surrounds a periphery of the hybrid fan and transfers heat away from at least the PCB. The HMD further includes a side cover and a front cover. The side cover encloses the hybrid fan, the PCB and the heat pipe. The front cover is attached to the side cover with a slit between an outer edge of the front cover and an outer edge of the side cover to discharge air from the hybrid fan.

BACKGROUND 

The present disclosure generally relates to a system for dissipating heat generated in a head-mounted display (HMD), and specifically relates to a system for discharging heat out of the HMD based on a hybrid fan and a heat pipe.

The HMD can operate as part of, e.g., a virtual reality (VR) system, an augmented reality (AR) system, a mixed reality (MR) system, or some combination thereof. During operations of the HMD, heat is generated inside the HMD. The heat in the HMD may be generated by one or more electronic components of the HMD, by a face of a user wearing the HMD, etc. For proper operations of the HMD, the heat generated inside the HMD needs to be efficiently discharged out of the HMD.

SUMMARY

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a head-mounted display (HMD) that comprises a hybrid fan, a printed circuit board (PCB) with one or more electronic components and a heat pipe. The hybrid fan has a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD. The hybrid fan is configured to pull air from a rear side of the HMD. The heat pipe has an end coupled to the PCB. The heat pipe at least partially surrounds a periphery of the hybrid fan and transfers heat away from at least the PCB. The HMD further includes a side cover and a front cover. The side cover encloses the hybrid fan, the PCB and the heat pipe. The front cover is attached to the side cover with a slit between an outer edge of the front cover and an outer edge of the side cover to discharge air from the hybrid fan.

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