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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Recording and Visualizing Images Using Augmented Image Data", for Approval

July 15, 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 NARAYAN, Shashank (Exton, PA); GRAZIANI, Paul (Wayne, PA), filed on December 20, 2013, was made available online on July 3, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Analytical Graphics Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Image databases exist for a wide variety of purposes. More digital images are being stored in databases both in 'servers' and in the 'cloud' for archival purposes. More flexible was of using image databases are constantly being sought for a wide variety of purposes."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Various embodiments described herein utilize a data visualization server to provide 3D viewing functionality to desktops and to mobile platforms, either locally or via the web.

"In an embodiment, the data visualization server incorporates metadata with photographic and video data to provide social and situational awareness to videos and still images. For example, metadata may include position and orientation information of videos and photos taken using mobile devices. The data visualization server utilizes this information to augment the video and/or photographic data so as to provide a unique way of visualizing videos and photos.

"In an embodiment, the system can intelligently predict based on minimal information from users how a particular image was acquired at a particular location at any point in time.

"The data visualization server of the various embodiments displays videos and photos by introducing the element of time as a 4th dimension (4D) to present information that is temporally relevant to the images acquired. This provides situational awareness to most common home videos and photos, and provides a way of visualizing them. Mobile applications and widgets can also be embedded in web based social networks and regular web pages as a way of publishing videos and still images.

"Various embodiments described herein provide a way of displaying photos, and telling a story in the process. This is different than viewing a regular photo album without any context.

"By storing information in the database that is both temporally and geographically relevant to the image being viewed, the element of time as a new dimension is added to viewing photos and videos. A built-in time line tool communicates this additional information to a user.

"Various embodiments capture and utilize orientation and geographic location of the camera to overlay photos and videos appropriately. Other applications allow users to share photos and videos in the immersive environment in a social network.


"FIG. 1A is a block diagram illustrating a data visualization server according to an embodiment.

"FIG. 1B illustrates a 3D visualization of the globe together with timeline according to an embodiment.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a view of an African Safari vacation derived from GPS logs and GPS tagged photos according to an embodiment.

"FIG. 3 illustrates placement of a person-icon which is now in the image on April based on the GPS information according to an embodiment.

"FIG. 4 illustrates that clicking on the camera icon displays photos (and videos) based on that location of that camera icon according to an embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: NARAYAN, Shashank; GRAZIANI, Paul. Recording and Visualizing Images Using Augmented Image Data. Filed December 20, 2013 and posted July 3, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Analytical Graphics Inc., Information and Data Modeling.

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