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Method for Sending Seamless Wide-Angle Photographic Information between Wireless Handsets Using a Message Service Protocol

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131906D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

On traditional cellphones that feature an integrated camera, the intent is to send a quick photograph to a friend on the cell network to convey visual information. The problem arises if the environment being photographed does not fit in the field of view of the provided camera lens. In this case, the cell phone user must take and send multiple photos of the environment to properly convey the visual information of the environment. This is wasteful in terms of time and wireless bandwidth because multiple photos must be sent one at a time using MMS or similar protocol. The end recipient is also inconvenienced because he must flip through different disjointed photographs to properly see the environment of the sender. The invention solves the problem by using wide-angle, panoramic photographs which can be taken on a cell phone (or other PDA) and sent by through MMS or a similar wireless protocol. Decoding software on the recipient call phone is required to properly render the wide-angle photograph to the user. The end user then can pan around in the received photograph to see the entire wide-angle environment conveyed by the sender. Wide-angle, panoramic photographs have been in use on the Web to allow viewers to pan around in some cases 360 degrees. These are useful for sending photos of small rooms, large group photos and other wide-angle photographic subjects. The processing power of cell phones is available to decode these types of photographs and render them to the user. The user would use a joystick or the number pad on their cell phone to pan around the photograph and control what part of the environment they would like to see.

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WIDE-ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHS on cellphones

Method for Sending Seamless Wide-Angle Photographic Information between Wireless Handsets Using a Message Service Protocol

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On traditional cellphones that feature an integrated camera, the intent is to send a quick photograph to a friend on the cell network to convey visual information.  The problem arises if the environment being photographed does not fit in the field of view of the provided camera lens.  In this case, the cell phone user must take and send multiple photos of the environment to properly convey the visual information of the environment.  This is wasteful in terms of time and wireless bandwidth because multiple photos must be sent one at a time using MMS or similar protocol.  The end recipient is also inconvenienced because he must flip through different disjointed photographs to properly see the environment of the sender.

The invention solves the problem by using wide-angle, panoramic photographs which can be taken on a cell phone (or other PDA) and sent by through MMS or a similar wireless protocol.  Decoding software on the recipient call phone is required to properly render the wide-angle photograph to the user. The end user then can pan around in the received photograph to see the entire wide-angle environment conveyed by the sender.

Wide-angle, panoramic photographs have been in use on the Web to allow viewers to pan around in some cases 360 degrees. These are useful for sending photos of sm...