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Mobile user supported picture recognition for centralized processing and information pushing.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028160D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that enables mobile users to query detailed information about objects by taking a picture of it using a mobile device or a digital camera. The user adds weighted points/areas/lines of interest together with meta information to the picture, sends it to a server that recognizes it and transmits back the requested information.

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Mobile user supported picture recognition for centralized processing and

information pushing .

Disclosed is a system that enables mobile users to query detailed information about objects by taking a picture of it using a mobile device or a digital camera . The user adds weighted points/areas/lines of interest together with meta information to the picture, sends it to a server that recognizes it and transmits back the requested information.

    Various applications would be made possible or improved dramatically by this invention, e.g.:
price comparison
tour guides
manuals
product information
landmark recognition

    With emerging wireless networks (WLAN and UMTS) providers seek profitable applications that are widely used. At the same time users and information providers seek new ways to use the extensive information available over the www in a convenient fashion when away from the PC.

    This system consists of a mobile device (2), equipped with a digital imaging device, a wireless network (3) to transmit data, an information server (4) that provides information for objects of interest, a database system (5) that stores these information and the real world object (1) in which the user is interested in.

mobile wireless networkdevice

2 3 4

Information server

1

Application flow :

    1. The client application (installed on a suitable device) is used to aquire one or more images of the object the user seeks information about . Optionally the user can define important areas within the image, define distinctive points and areas within the image, define the approximate size of the object, define the area of interest (e.g. monument, device, furniture, art, building, etc.) and the geographical area.

    2. Then the client application sends the image and the additional information to a server application that processes the information to match known objects in the database or in available resources on the internet (i.e. price comparison sites, art galleries, travel reports, etc.).

5

object of interest...