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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING DIGITAL PICTURES WITH RELATED INFORMATION ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016266D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 239K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING DIGITAL PICTURES WITH RELATED INFORMATION ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB A system and method is disclosed for enabling spectators of public events (e.g., athletic competitions on the Olympic Games), that usually are transmitted by radio or television broadcast stations or by news agencies and other public or private media, to take pictures with digital cameras of scenes drawing their attention, and for immediately or at a later time, accessing from the Word Wide Web additional information that may be related to these pictures. People that assist to public events, spectators and reporters, usually carry photographic cameras and take pictures to keep records of the most interesting images that catch their attention during those events. When reviewing pictures collections of those events people would like to access to complementary, related data produced by media providers to illustrate different aspects or topics of the events, or to segments of records of the broadcast programs that were being transmitted when each picture was taken, such as by example, the information that was being transmitted by a radio or television station when a picture, capturing the instant at which the winner of the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympic Games crossed the finish, was taken.

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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING DIGITAL PICTURES WITH RELATED

INFORMATION ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

A system and method is disclosed for enabling spectators of public events (e.g., athletic competitions on the Olympic Games), that usually are transmitted by radio or television broadcast stations or by news agencies and other public or private media, to take pictures with digital cameras of scenes drawing their attention, and for immediately or at a later time, accessing from the Word Wide Web additional information that may be related to these pictures.

    People that assist to public events, spectators and reporters, usually carry photographic cameras and take pictures to keep records of the most interesting images that catch their attention during those events. When reviewing pictures collections of those events people would like to access to complementary, related data produced by media providers to illustrate different aspects or topics of the events, or to segments of records of the broadcast programs that were being transmitted when each picture was taken, such as by example, the information that was being transmitted by a radio or television station when a picture, capturing the instant at which the winner of the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympic Games crossed the finish, was taken.

    Figure 1 shows how the disclosed system and method consists on acquiring and recording hyperlinks from a digital picture taken by an spectator during a public event, to multimedia information or services related with topics that take place on the public event at the moment the picture is taken.

    Figure 2 shows how the system is based on a plurality of hyperlinks that become active during certain universal-time intervals at which certain events are logged on an Event Information Server. Those hyperlinks are associated with different topics that occur during the public event. Hyperlinks active at the universal-time when a picture has been taken can be retrieved, selected and triggered by the user from the same digital picture.

    Figure 3 shows how the system is also based on a synchronization of the local times of digital cameras and the recording of events the Event Information Server, according to a same universal-time, so that the flow of information of the events recorded on the server can be correlated with the times at which pictures have been taken by digital cameras. Figure 4 illustrates how hyperlinks for different event topics are activated while the corresponding topic is being performed. Hyperlink's URLs and corresponding Universal-Time referenced intervals during which hyperlinks become active are recorded on the Event Information Server.

    As illustrated by corresponding referenced figures, the steps of the disclosed method are the following:
While assisting to the public event: taking the user a picture of an interesting topic (see Figure 2); encoding on the same picture the Universal-Time at which the picture is been taken; extracting and deco...