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Wearable viewfinder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030786D
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

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Related People

Robert Allan Unger: INVENTOR

Abstract

A viewfinder for digital cameras that is worn. It could take a range of forms from a simple head mounted device that is the only image seen by that eye to a heads-up display form where the viewing panel is semitransparent to determine the camera's view while still able to see the real environment in front of the viewer.

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Sony Corporation

Sony Electronics Inc.
IPD Case #50T5821

Title:

Wearable viewfinder

Abstract:

A viewfinder for digital cameras that is worn. It could take a range of forms from a simple head mounted device that is the only image seen by that eye to a heads-up display form where the viewing panel is semitransparent to determine the camera's view while still able to see the real environment in front of the viewer.

Inventors:

Robert Allan Unger

Background Information:

Name of product(s) or project(s) for which this invention was developed:

The device could be used with both camcorders and digital still cameras.

Description of the Invention:

1: Problems, issues or needs which led to the invention -

Digital cameras have perpetuated the viewfinder paradigm of film cameras. Film was restricted to optical methods. Digital has the feature that most viewfinders are actually miniature displays. However the user is still expected to bring the camera up to the eye for composition. Many digital cameras now have larger displays that permit the user to hold the camera at a distance and still compose the shot. This may be OK when the videographer is standing still but it is especially awkward when moving. With steadycarms and similar equipment the display is still attached to the camera mount.

2: Inventive solution to problem-

Having a wearable viewfinder adds a new versatility dimension to videography. The viewfinder is head mounted in front of one eye to permit the camera operator to see what is in the frame while still being still being able to see what is in front of the person. Head mounted displays have...