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"Video Projection System for Mobile Device" in Patent Application Approval Process

May 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventors Larsen, Glen C. (Issaquah, WA); Sanchez, Russell (Seattle, WA), filed on January 3, 2014, was made available online on May 8, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Microsoft Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A visual interface is a common type of interface used on modern electronic and computing devices, including robotic devices or 'robots.' The typical visual interface takes the form of a display, such as a video monitor or touch screen, attached to the device. The flat, rectangular display has become an iconic form of visual interface. Paradigms as to the methods of device interaction are often associated with devices that include such typical visual interfaces or displays. For example, the expected method of interacting with a device having a typically visual interface or display may include the use of a mouse, keyboard, remote control, and, increasingly, touch interfaces. The presence of a flat rectangular display screen on a robot similarly implies to a user that such traditional methods of device interaction are to be employed. However, many robots are intended to accept other methods of interaction that may be more efficient than the aforementioned traditional methods of interaction, and therefore the use of a non-typical visual interface on robotic devices may avoid the paradigms of device interaction and thereby enhance the efficiency of interaction with such devices."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The following is a brief summary of subject matter that is described in greater detail herein. This summary is not intended to be limiting as to the scope of the claims. It is intended to neither identify key or critical elements of the claimed subject matter nor delineate the scope of the subject innovation. Its sole purpose is to present some concepts of the claimed subject matter in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented later.

"The claimed subject matter, in one embodiment, generally provides a mobile device such as a robot including a processor, a memory storing components executable by the processor, and a projection assembly. The projection assembly includes a projector, a lens, a movable mirror, and a first projection surface integral with a surface of the mobile device. The components include a projection component and a control component. The projection component determines the projection parameters, and projects the image dependent upon the projection parameters. The control component causes the movable mirror to reflect the image onto a first projection surface, and causes the projector and the lens to focus the image onto the first projection surface.

"Another embodiment of the claimed subject matter relates to a non-transitory memory storing a plurality of processor-executable components including a projection component and a control component. The projection component determines one or more projection parameters and causes a projector to project an image dependent at least in part upon the projection parameters. The control component causes the image to be projected onto a target projection surface as a projected image.

"Yet another embodiment of the claimed subject matter relates to a method of projecting an image via an image projection system. The method includes providing to a projector the images to be projected and projection parameters. The method further includes configuring the projection system to project the images upon a target projection surface. The method also includes projecting the image onto the target projection surface dependent at least in part upon the projection parameters.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a robotic device or robot having one embodiment of a video projection system in accordance with the subject innovation;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an environment that facilitates communications between the robot and one or more remote devices;

"FIG. 3A, is a block diagram of the robot of FIG. 1, and shows the video projection system of the subject innovation in a first exemplary configuration;

"FIG. 3B, is a block diagram of the robot of FIG. 1, showing the video projection system of the subject innovation in second exemplary configuration;

"FIG. 3C, is a block diagram of the robot of FIG. 1, and illustrates the video projection system of the subject innovation in a third exemplary configuration; and

"FIG. 4 is a process flow diagram of one embodiment of a method of projecting an image according to the subject innovation."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Larsen, Glen C.; Sanchez, Russell. Video Projection System for Mobile Device. Filed January 3, 2014 and posted May 8, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4730&p=95&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140501.PD.&OS=PD/20140501&RS=PD/20140501

Keywords for this news article include: Robotics, Machine Learning, Emerging Technologies, Microsoft Corporation.

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Source: Politics & Government Week