"In accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention, apparatuses may sense at least visual information related to a location. The location may be, for example, in a structure (e.g., building), and the visual information may be electronic images, video streams, etc. of the location. The recorded visual information may comprise element information such as one or more attributes usable for both identifying the location (e.g., for fixing the position of the location within the structure) and for determining a relative or absolute position of an apparatus within the location. Example attributes may comprise objects, openings, shapes, colors, etc.
"The element information may then be utilized in creating a representation of the location in a mapping database by recording the element information in correspondence to the location in the mapping database. In some instances, the correspondence between the element information to be stored and element information already stored in the database may not always be readily apparent. Other information associated with the location (e.g., sensed signal strength and/or field strength information) may then be utilized to identify the proper association within the mapping database for storing the element information. In this manner a representation of the entire structure, based on visual information captured at various locations within the structure, may be formulated. The representation if the entire structure may, for example, be utilized for electronic positioning. Electronic positioning may comprise providing relative and/or absolute apparatus position to the user of the apparatus in terms of an identifiable location within the structure, coordinates, directions to getting to a desired location, etc. Further, in some instances the visual element information stored in the mapping database may be comprehensive enough so that a map of the interior of the structure that is displayable on the apparatus may be compiled, and the relative and/or absolute position of the apparatus may be shown to the user on the apparatus within the confines of the displayable map.
"The foregoing summary includes example embodiments of the present invention that are not intended to be limiting. The above embodiments are used merely to explain selected aspects or steps that may be utilized in implementations of the present invention. However, it is readily apparent that one or more aspects, or steps, pertaining to an example embodiment can be combined with one or more aspects, or steps, of other embodiments to create new embodiments still within the scope of the present invention. Therefore, persons of ordinary skill in the art would appreciate that various embodiments of the present invention may incorporate aspects from other embodiments, or may be implemented in combination with other embodiments.
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"The invention will be further understood from the following description of various example embodiments, taken in conjunction with appended drawings, in which:
"FIG. 1 discloses example apparatuses, communication configuration and network architecture usable in implementing at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 2 discloses additional detail with respect to example communication interfaces usable with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 3 discloses additional detail with respect to example close proximity and short range wireless resources usable with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 4 discloses an example operational environment and the challenges presented therein in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 5A discloses example visual information in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 5B discloses example element definition within the visual information in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 6 discloses an example representation of a location based on visual information in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 7 discloses an example of creating a representative map of a location based on visual information in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 8 discloses a flowchart for an example visual information recording and storage process in accordance with at least one embodiment of the present invention."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Wirola, Lauri; Syrjarinne, Jari. Crowd-Sourced Vision and Sensor-Surveyed Mapping. U.S. Patent Application Serial Number 697589, filed
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