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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Mobile Device Having Object-Identification Interface", for Approval

June 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Samek, Justin (Mt. Laurel, NJ); Smith, Taylor (Charlotte, NC), filed on February 28, 2013, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Hand Held Products, Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) now typically have integrated cameras. Accordingly, numerous applications capable of utilizing an integrated camera have been developed for these mobile devices.

"Applications have been developed for using a mobile device's integrated camera to perform object identification (e.g., by decoding a barcode on an object in an image) for shopping or inventory management. Using data (e.g., a decoded barcode) from an image, the application may perform a database lookup to acquire information about an identified object and, thereafter, provide the acquired information to a user.

"The interface in current applications makes it difficult for users to discern which object was identified, particularly during the database lookup step. Accordingly, a need exists for an improved object-identification interface."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Accordingly, in one aspect, the present invention embraces a mobile device that includes a camera, a user interface system, and a processor communicatively coupled to the camera and the user interface system. The user interface system includes a visual display. The processor is configured for (i) capturing an image with the camera, (ii) extracting the identity of an object in the image, and (iii) searching for information (e.g., retrieving information) relating to the object in a database in communication with the processor. The processor is further configured for concurrently displaying (i) at least a portion of the image (e.g., a portion of the image containing the identified object) in a first portion of the visual display and (ii) a data field in a second portion of the visual display, while searching for information relating to the object. Finally, the processor is configured for populating the data field with information from the database and relating to the object.

"In one exemplary embodiment, populating the data field includes concurrently displaying (i) the portion of the image in the first portion of the visual display and (ii) information relating to the object in the data field in the second portion of the visual display.

"In another exemplary embodiment, at least a portion of the image that includes the object is displayed. Furthermore, the processor is configured for displaying an identifier overlaying at least a portion of the object in the portion of the image displayed in the first portion of the visual display.

"In another aspect, the present invention embraces a method of identifying an object with a mobile device. First, a mobile device having a camera, a visual display, and a processor communicatively coupled to the camera and the visual display is provided. Next, an image is captured with the camera. The identity of an object in the image is extracted. Once the identity of the object has been extracted, information relating to the object is searched for in a database that is in communication with the processor. While searching for information relating to the object, at least a portion of the image and a data field are concurrently displayed on the visual display. In this regard, at least a portion of the image is displayed in a first portion of the visual display and the data field is displayed in a second portion of the visual display. Finally, the data field is populated with information from the database and relating to the object.

"The foregoing illustrative summary, as well as other exemplary objectives and/or advantages of the invention, and the manner in which the same are accomplished, are further explained within the following detailed description and its accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 depicts a block diagram of a mobile device in accordance with the present invention.

"FIG. 2 depicts a block diagram of a mobile device in accordance with an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 depicts a mobile-device visual display concurrently displaying (i) an image of an object and (ii) a data field.

"FIG. 4 depicts a mobile-device visual display displaying a data field populated with information about an identified object.

"FIG. 5 depicts a mobile-device visual display displaying (i) an image of more than one object and (ii) a data field."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Samek, Justin; Smith, Taylor. Mobile Device Having Object-Identification Interface. Filed February 28, 2013 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4590&p=92&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Hand Held Products Inc.

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