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"Method and Apparatus for Generating 3d Images Using a Plurality of Mobile Devices" in Patent Application Approval Process

June 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventors JAYACHANDRAN, Prasanth (Tamil Nadu, IN); SUBRAMANIAN, Muthukumar (Tamil Nadu, IN), filed on November 12, 2013, was made available online on May 22, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "One or more exemplary embodiments relate to a technique for generating stereoscopic images by using a plurality of mobile devices.

"Three dimensional (3D) images provide a depth perception to a user. A technique of generating 3D images by rendering two-dimensional (2D) images is gaining popularity. 3D images are also referred to as stereoscopic images.

"A user may generate 3D images by using various types of computing devices. Recent advancements in compact devices, such as mobile devices, enables a user to generate 3D images by using mobile devices.

"However, according to techniques of the related art, 3D images are generated by using a single mobile device including first and second cameras. The first and second cameras are horizontally aligned so as to obtain similar photographic ranges. The first and second cameras are separated from each other by an intraocular distance and take pictures of a 3D object. To produce a stereoscopic image, pieces of information which respectively indicate a right-eye image and a left-eye image are added to images of the object taken by the first and second cameras. A 3D image processing algorithm is performed based on the images photographed by the first and second cameras in order to generate a 3D image. The generated 3D image allows a user to experience the same sense of depth as would be obtained when viewing an object in the real world.

"The techniques of the related art use an easy-to-carry mobile device in order to generate a 3D image and allows a user to perceive the same sense of depth as when observing a real object. However, most mobile devices include only a single camera. Thus, to produce a 3D image, the user requires use of a mobile device including two cameras, which is more expensive than existing mobile devices.

"Thus, a need exists for a method and apparatus for more efficiently generating 3D images at low cost by using a mobile device."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "One or more exemplary embodiments include a method and apparatus for efficiently generating three-dimensional (3D) images by using a plurality of mobile devices.

"Additional aspects will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the exemplary embodiments.

"According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a method of generating a 3D image in a first terminal in cooperation with a second terminal includes:

"Extrapolating, from a view image of a two-dimensional (2D) object acquired by the first terminal, a view image of the 2D object at a location that is an intraocular distance away from the first terminal; performing calibration of a distance between lenses in the first and second terminals by using the extrapolated view image; and generating a 3D image of a 3D object by using a view image of the 3D object acquired by the first terminal and a view image of the 3D object acquired by the second terminal, when the first and second terminals are separated from each other by a distance between the lenses as determined by the calibration.

"The performing of the calibration may include transmitting the extrapolated view image to the second terminal and receiving from the second terminal a message which indicates that the distance between the lenses in the first and second terminals is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the transmitted message.

"The extrapolating of the view image of the 2D object may be performed based on at least one of a distance between the first terminal and the 2D object, a binocular parallax angle, and information related to the performance of the second terminal.

"The method may further include informing a user that the distance between lenses in the first and second terminals is an optimal distance for 3D imaging based on the received message.

"The generating of the 3D image may include receiving from the second terminal the view image of the 3D object acquired by the second terminal.

"According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a method of generating a three-dimensional (3D) image in a second terminal in cooperation with a first terminal includes: receiving from the first terminal an image extrapolated as a view image of a two-dimensional (2D) object at a location that is an intraocular distance away from the first terminal; performing calibration of a distance between lenses in the first and second terminals based on the degree of similarity between the received image and a view image of the 2D object acquired by the second terminal; and transmitting to the first terminal a message indicating that the distance between the lenses is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the result of the calibration.

"The method may further include informing a user that the lens distance from the first terminal is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the result of the calibration.

"The method may further include transmitting a view image of a 3D object taken when the second terminal is separated from the first terminal by the lens distance as determined by the calibration.

"According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a first terminal for generating a three-dimensional (3D) image in cooperation with a second terminal includes: an extrapolator configured to extrapolate from a view image of a two-dimensional (2D) object acquired by the first terminal a view image of the 2D object at a location that is an intraocular distance away from the first terminal; a calibrator configured to perform calibration of a distance between the lenses in the first and second terminals by using the extrapolated view image; and a 3D image generator configured to generate a 3D image of a 3D object by using a view image of the 3D object acquired by the first terminal and a view image of the 3D object acquired by the second terminal when the first and second terminals are separated from each other by a distance between the lenses as determined by the calibration.

"The calibrator may include a transmitter configured to transmit to the second terminal the extrapolated view image and may include a receiver configured to receive from the second terminal a message which indicates that the distance between lenses in the first and second terminals is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the transmitted image.

"The extrapolator may be configured to extrapolate a view image of the 2D object based on at least one of a distance between the first terminal and the 2D object, a binocular parallax angle, and information related to the performance of the second terminal.

"The first terminal may further include a user notifier configured to notify a user that the distance between lenses in the first and second terminals is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the received message.

"The first terminal may further include a receiver configured to receive from the second terminal the view image of the 3D object acquired by the second terminal.

"According to one or more exemplary embodiments, a second terminal for generating a three-dimensional (3D) image in cooperation with a first terminal includes: a receiver configured to receive from the first terminal an image extrapolated as a view image of a two-dimensional (2D) object at a location that is an intraocular distance away from the first terminal; a calibrator configured to perform calibration of a distance between lenses in the first and second terminals based on the degree of similarity between the received image and a view image of the 2D object acquired by the second terminal; and a transmitter configured to transmit to the first terminal a message which indicates that the lens distance from the first terminal is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the result of the calibration.

"The second terminal may further include a user notifier configured to inform a user that the lens distance from the first terminal is an optimal distance for 3D imaging, based on the result of the calibration.

"The transmitter may be configured to transmit a view image of a 3D object acquired when the second terminal is separated from the first terminal by the lens distance as determined by the calibration.

"An aspect of an exemplary embodiment may further provide an apparatus for generating a 3D image using first and second terminals, the apparatus including: a first terminal configured to acquire a view image of a 3D object when lenses in the first and second terminals are separated from each other by an optimal distance for 3D imaging; a second terminal configured to acquire a view image of the 3D object when lenses in the first and second terminals are separated from each other by an optimal distance for 3D imaging, and configured to transmit the acquired view image of the 3D object to the first terminal; and a 3D image generator configured to generate a 3D image of the 3D object.

"The generated 3D image may be stored in the second terminal. The apparatus may further include a calibrator configured to perform calibration of a distance between the lenses in the first and second terminals.

"The first terminal may include an extrapolator configured to extrapolate a view image of a 2D object at a location that is an intraocular distance away from the first terminal.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"These and/or other aspects will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of the exemplary embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:

"FIG. 1 is a conceptual diagram for explaining generation of a three-dimensional (3D) image by using a mobile device including a first camera and a second camera;

"FIG. 2 is a sequence diagram which illustrates a method of generating 3D images by using two mobile devices, according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIG. 3 is a flowchart of a method of generating 3D images in a first terminal in cooperation with a second terminal according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIG. 4 is a flowchart of a method of generating 3D images in a second terminal in cooperation with a first terminal according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIGS. 5A through 5I illustrate an example of generating a stereoscopic image by using two mobile devices according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIGS. 6A, 6B, and 6C illustrate a detailed process of determining first and second terminals by exchanging setting data between two mobile devices according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIG. 7 illustrates a screen which indicates to a user that a distance between lenses is an optimal distance for photographing a 3D image, according to an exemplary embodiment.

"FIG. 8 illustrates a screen which indicates to a user of each terminal that a distance between lenses in first and second terminals deviates from an optimal distance for 3D imaging according to an exemplary embodiment;

"FIGS. 9A through 9C illustrate a process of generating 3D images according to an exemplary embodiment; and

"FIG. 10 illustrates a first terminal and a second terminal for generating 3D images according to an exemplary embodiment."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: JAYACHANDRAN, Prasanth; SUBRAMANIAN, Muthukumar. Method and Apparatus for Generating 3d Images Using a Plurality of Mobile Devices. Filed November 12, 2013 and posted May 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4567&p=92&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140515.PD.&OS=PD/20140515&RS=PD/20140515

Keywords for this news article include: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

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