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The Reality of Virtual Reality: Patent Analysis

Published By :

Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute

Published Date : Mar 2016

Category :

Virtual Reality

No. of Pages : 15 Pages

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-simulated, three-dimensional environment that can be explored and interacted with by a person via a human-machine interface device. VR technologies have been applied to a broad range of fields, including video games, flight training, combat training, and surgical training.

This report provides an overview of VR technologies, together with their major sectors, fields, and applications. Meanwhile, a US startup company has received a patent related to head-mounted VR goggles with the use of a mobile computing device in late 2015. Against the backdrop, whether other vendors, particularly Google's Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR will infringe on that patent is also discussed in this report.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of VR Technologies 5

1.1 Immersion VR 5
1.2 Desktop VR 5
1.3 Simulator VR 5
1.4 Projection VR 5

2. Patent Mining 6

3. Data Analysis 7

3.1 Patent Distribution by Country 7
3.2 Patent Distribution by Sector and by Field 8
3.3 Key Technologies & Applications 9
3.4 Analysis of Merge Labs' Patent 12
MIC Perspecitve 14
Medical Applications Relatively Uncontested 14
HMI & AI Crucial to Product Differentiation 14
Vendors Should Design Around Head-Mounted VR Goggles to Minimize Risks of Infringement 15

Appendix 16
Glossary of Terms 16
List of Companies 17

List of Table

Table 1: Key Technology Fields Identified by Text Mining 10

List of Chart

Figure 1: Popular VR Devices on the Market 6
Figure 2: VR Patents by Country 8
Figure 3: VR Patents by Sector 8
Figure 4: VR Patents by Field 9
Figure 5: VR Patents by Major Technology and Application 12
Figure 6: An Embodiment of Merge Labs' Claimed Invention of a Head-Mounted VR Goggle 13
Figure 7: Samsung Gear VR & Google Cardboard 13

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