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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Imaging Device Providing Capture Location Guidance", for Approval

June 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Arujunan, Thiagarajah (Penfield, NY); Nichols, Timothy L. (Spencerport, NY); Parulski, Kenneth Alan (Rochester, NY); Murray, Thomas Joseph (Cohocton, NY); O'Keefe, Brian Joseph (Rochester, NY), filed on January 23, 2014, was made available online on May 22, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile phones, tablet computers, networked cameras, and other portable devices incorporating camera modules and network connections to the Internet have opened up opportunities for new and exciting gaming, entertainment, and structured learning experiences. This technology is currently used to create geocache treasure hunt games and photo-based scavenger hunt games. It is also used to enable museum tours as well as tours of historic areas and other tourist attractions.

"However, these experiences are relatively static. Typically, the game or experience is designed once and played many times in a similar manner by all the users. In some cases, these games or experiences are provided, or modified, based on the location of the user. For instance, the Geocache Navigator, from Trimble Navigation Limited, Sunnyvale, Calif. is an application (APP) for a Smartphone which uses the phone's GPS and internet connections to access live information directly from geocaching.com. This enables a user to locate geocache challenges which are closest to their current location.

"It is known to provide preference-aware location-based services, as described in the paper titled 'Toward context and preference-aware location-based services' authored by Mokbel et al. Such systems tailor their services based on the preference and context of each customer. For example, in a restaurant finder application, the system can use the dietary restrictions, price range, other user ratings, current traffic, and current waiting time to recommend nearby restaurants to the customer, rather than recommending all of the closest restaurants.

"Photography is often used to record and share experiences, such as vacation trips, family outings, or seasonal events. Still and video images of such experiences can be captured using image capture devices such as camera phones, digital cameras, and camcorders. The digital images captured by these image capture devices can be shared by e-mail and uploaded to web sites such as Facebook and Flickr, where they can be viewed by friends. The uploaded images can be printed using photo service providers, such as the Kodak Gallery at www.kodakgallery.com. Users can order photo products, such as photo books and collages, which utilize uploaded digital images.

"It is known to produce enhanced photo products by combining images captured with an image capture device and professionally produced digital content, as described in commonly-assigned U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/626,471 (published as 20080174676), 'Producing enhanced photographic products from images captured at known events' to Squilla, et al, incorporated herein by reference. The system includes a database for storing custom content for a plurality of events. The system also includes a digital image capture device that stores a digital image and information defining the date/time and geographic location of the digital image. A service provider automatically determines if the timestamp and the geographic information corresponds to events stored in the custom content database. A processor produces an enhanced photographic product including the captured digital image and custom content corresponding to the timestamp and location of the captured digital image.

"It is known to use image recognition techniques to produce a photocollage from a plurality of images, as described in commonly-assigned U.S. Pat. No. 6,389,181 'Photocollage generation and modification using image recognition' to Shaffer et al, incorporated herein by reference. The system sorts digital records associated with a plurality of images, by culling or grouping to categorize the records according to an event, person, or chronology, in order to automatically compose a photocollage.

"What is needed is an image capture device, such as a smart phone, which provides guidance for capturing images at different locations. The image capture device should preferably provide a dynamic, compelling, photo-based experience responsive to the user, situation, and conditions."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with the disclosure, there is provided an image capture device, comprising:

"a) an image sensor for capturing a digital image of a scene;

"b) an image display;

"c) a data processing system;

"d) a storage memory for storing captured images; and

"e) a program memory communicatively connected to the data processing system and storing instructions configured to cause the data processing system to control elements a)-e) to provide guidance for capturing images at a plurality of locations, by: i) displaying, on the image display, guidance information for capturing a first digital image at a first location; ii) using the image sensor to capture a first digital image; iii) storing the first digital image in the storage memory iv) using the data processing system to analyze the pixel data of the first digital image and determining based on such analysis a second possible image capture location, wherein the second possible image capture location is selected from a plurality of different possible locations; v) displaying, on the image display, guidance information for capturing a second scene at the second location; vi) using the image sensor to capture a second digital image; and vii) storing the second digital image in the storage memory.

"It is an advantage of the present disclosure to provide an image capture device which provides an appropriate experience for capturing images at different locations.

"It is a further advantage of the present disclosure to provide an image capture device which provides guidance to a user in order to adapt the experience for different users, situations, or conditions.

"It is a feature of the disclosure that the guidance is provided after analyzing the pixel data of a captured digital image, in order to determine a second possible image capture location based on the user, situation, or condition.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a digital imaging system in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a camera phone used in the digital imaging system of FIG. 1;

"FIG. 3 is a high level flow diagram depicting steps for providing guidance for image capture at different locations;

"FIG. 4A and FIG. 4B depict two different examples of guidance for image capture at different locations based on an analysis of the previous image received;

"FIG. 5 is a high level flow diagram depicting steps for generating a photo product from images captured at different locations;

"FIG. 6A-6C depict pages of a first photo product which includes selected images positioned in the photo product in association with prestored information;

"FIG. 7A-7C depict pages of a second photo product which includes selected images positioned in the photo product in association with prestored information; and

"FIG. 8A and FIG. 8B depict two different example photo products created with images received from users which were captured at the same location and utilize different prestored information.

"It is to be understood that the attached drawings are for purposes of illustrating the concepts of the disclosure and may not be to scale."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Arujunan, Thiagarajah; Nichols, Timothy L.; Parulski, Kenneth Alan; Murray, Thomas Joseph; O'Keefe, Brian Joseph. Imaging Device Providing Capture Location Guidance. Filed January 23, 2014 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=4521&p=91&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140515.PD.&OS=PD/20140515&RS=PD/20140515

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Processing, Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC.

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