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Patent Application Titled "Mapping Content Directly to a 3d Geometric Playback Surface" Published Online

August 28, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Wilkins, Peter (Novato, CA); Wheeler, Christopher Ryan (San Jose, CA); Brown, Jay (Belmont, CA); Wells, Barton (Palo Alto, CA), filed on January 8, 2014, was made available online on August 14, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An area of ongoing research and development is displaying content to users. A particular area of interest is displaying content to users in a format that creates a virtual reality environment for the user, such that a user feels like they are at the location where the content was captured.

"In creating a virtual reality environment, problems have arisen with displaying content to a user in a manner to create an immersive experience where the user actually fells as if they are in the environment. In particular, problems have arisen with mapping content for playback and display to a user in creating a virtual reality environment.

"Other limitations of the relevant art will become apparent to those of skill in the art upon a reading of the specification and a study of the drawings."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The following implementations and aspects thereof are described and illustrated in conjunction with systems, tools, and methods that are meant to be exemplary and illustrative, not necessarily limiting in scope. In various implementations one or more of the above-described problems have been addressed, while other implementations are directed to other improvements.

"Various implementations include systems and methods for mapping content directly to a 3D geometric playback surface. In a specific implementation, a source file is generated that includes content in a native format. Further in the specific implementation, a 3D geometric playback surface to which content can be mapped is generated. A portion of the 3D geometric playback surface to map content to is determined. In the specific implementation, content is mapped to a determined portion of a 3D geometric playback surface in a native format of the content. Also in the specific implementation, content mapped to a portion of a 3D geometric playback surface in a native format of the content is played from the 3D geometric playback surface.

"These and other advantages will become apparent to those skilled in the relevant art upon a reading of the following descriptions and a study of the several examples of the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 depicts a diagram of an example of a system for rendering captured data by mapping the captured data to a 3D geometric playback surface.

"FIG. 2 depicts a diagram of an example of a system for capturing and mapping content to a 3D geometric playback surface.

"FIG. 3 depicts a diagram of an example of a system for generating a 3D geometric playback surface.

"FIG. 4 depicts a diagram of an example of a system for mapping content to a 3D geometric playback surface.

"FIG. 5 depicts a flowchart of an example of a method for mapping content to a 3D geometric playback surface.

"FIG. 6 depicts a flowchart of an example of a method for mapping content to a 3D geometric playback surface with playback surface subdivisions.

"FIG. 7 depicts a flowchart of an example of a method for dividing a source file that contains content based on resolution and mapping the content to a 3D geometric playback surface."

For more information, see this patent application: Wilkins, Peter; Wheeler, Christopher Ryan; Brown, Jay; Wells, Barton. Mapping Content Directly to a 3d Geometric Playback Surface. Filed January 8, 2014 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=5271&p=106&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140807.PD.&OS=PD/20140807&RS=PD/20140807

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