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Mobile Visualization of Remote Sensor Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113450D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McLean, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a computing device integrating any of several mechanisms for the reception of of remote sensor data with a Head-Up Display (HUD), allowing the host computer to provide to the user a visual overlay keyed to the information obtained from the remote sensor.

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Mobile Visualization of Remote Sensor Data

      Disclosed is a computing device integrating any of several
mechanisms for the reception of of remote sensor data with a Head-Up
Display (HUD), allowing the host computer to provide to the user a
visual overlay keyed to the information obtained from the remote
sensor.

      The device receives data from one or more target objects, and
uses standard computing techniques to create a visual representation
of the data received.  This visual representation is then provided to
the user via the HUD.

      The target object(s) are equipped with sensors and
communication circuits that enable them to communicate with the
viewer unit.  P.  Several approaches to the information transmission
implementation are possible within existing technologies:

o   Passive-radio-response tags:  In this  implementation, the device
    broadcasts a radio signal to the target object, which has
    attached a passive "tag" which oscillates in response to the
    querying signal.  Each tag responds with a unique pattern,
    enabling identification.  This approach is useful for
    medium-distance identification, of vehicles, buildings, contents
    of railroad cars, etc. Technology currently in use in automated
    toll booths and inventory tracking in europe can be adapted to
    this use (1,2).

o   Active-radio response:  in this implementation, the target object
    responds to a query signal generated by the device with an active
    radio response.  This approach is useful over longer distances,
    especially when the conditions to be reported change over time.

o   Continuous active-radio information: In this implementation, the
    target object continuously broadcasts the encoded information,
    requiring only a passive receiver at the HUD unit.

o   Active-infrared response:  This works similarly to radio
    response, but infra-red modulation is used rather than radio.
    This is designed for use over smaller distances where radio is
    not necessary or possible.

An example usage would be a petroleum engineer touring...