Ralph Osterhout

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Ralph Osterhout

Ralph Osterhout is an American inventor, designer and entrepreneur and CEO of Osterhout Design Group.[1] During his career he has developed a range of products spanning toys,[2][3][4] consumer electronics,[5] dive equipment,[6] furniture[7] to devices for the Department of Defense.[8] Ralph is named as inventor on 260 patents and patent applications. Since 2009 he has been highly focused on developing products and technologies in the head-worn computing field.

Early life[edit]

Ralph Osterhout was born in Seattle, Washington in 1946 and moved to Santa Cruz, California at the age of 1. He attended Soquel High School graduating in 1964 and later went on to San Jose State University graduating in 1969.

A pivotal point in Osterhout’s life was at the 1969 boat show, where he showcased the first of a kind diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) named the MK I. The Navy subsequently purchased the MK II in 1970.[9] [10] With the purchase of the DPV, Osterhout founded the scuba equipment company Farallon Industries and began a career in product development and design.

Films and television[edit]

Osterhout designed and built equipment that appeared in or on:



U.S. Utility Patents

U.S. Design Patents

  • D380501- Hand-held electronic game housing
  • D376822- Hand-held electronic game housing
  • D364648- Hand-held electronic game housing
  • D367890- Hand-held electronic game housing
  • D364641- Pen recorder housing
  • D301752- Spotlight
  • D302046- Spotlight
  • D287105- Combined packaging and display container
  • D300112- Pocket knife with removable cap
  • D288898- Retractable knife
  • D304154- Foldable knife
  • D336688- Flashlight
  • D457974- Accent light
  • D457667- Accent light
  • D458395- Accent light
  • D457669- Novelty light
  • D312168- Fin sock
  • D330265- Adjustable lamp


  1. ^ "Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ Berger, Warren. "Adventures in the Toy Trade: Ralph Osterhout knocks himself out to make bots for tots - and brats, spies, and troublemakers.". Wired. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Child's play". Newscientist.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  4. ^ D.I.C.E. Summit. "2009 D.I.C.E. Summit Schedule". The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  5. ^ a b c Newcomb, Doug. "The Spy Wares of a Real-Life Q". MSN. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  6. ^ Knafelc, ME (1988). "Unmanned and Manned Evaluation of a Prototype Closed-Circuit Underwater Breathing Apparatus, the EX 19.". Navy Experimental Diving Unit Technical report NEDU-5-88. 
  7. ^ Larrabee, Eric. “Knoll Design”, Abrams, Harry N Publisher, 1990 - ISBN 0-8109-1220-1
  8. ^ [1] Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Diving Equipment Authorized for U.S. Navy Use (ANU)" (PDF). Supsalv.org. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  10. ^ [2] Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "how its made s8 ep3- flashlights". YouTube. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Television News Archive: Display Complete Broadcast". Tvnews.vanderbilt.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  13. ^ "Invention is the Mother of Creativity Part 1 - IGN Video". Video.ign.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  14. ^ "Invention is the Mother of Creativity Part 2 - IGN Video". Video.ign.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Invention is the Mother of Creativity Part 3 - IGN Video". Video.ign.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110710181036/http://www.elecplay.com/episode/view/season/19/episode/71/segment/2/start/138. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Ralph Osterhout: Toys Find Their Way Into Combat". FORA.tv. 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  18. ^ Koenenn, Connie (1993-08-12). "Product Prodigies : Award-Winning Designers Aim to Take the Work Out of Labor-Saving Devices". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ "Abstract/Bio". Stanford.edu. 2000-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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