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Method for Intelligent, Targeted Behavioral Identification, Tracking and Concatenative Alignment Assistance across a Plurality of Subjects and Media in Digital Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213656D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-29
Document File: 4 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a tool for photography that is incorporated into a camera to accommodate situations in which different subjects may have different behavioral criteria for the desired photo and assist with the ease of use in capturing and creating an overall desired group picture. The tool allows the user to assign specific criteria, and, in capturing metadata for each subject in the picture, provides feedback and guidance for the user to achieve the results they desire.

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Method for Intelligent, Targeted Behavioral Identification, Tracking and Concatenative Alignment Assistance across a Plurality of Subjects and Media in Digital Media

Cameras have become smart enough to detect certain actions, such as whether subjects are smiling. Cameras now have the ability to take pictures when it is determined that all subjects are smiling. However, as the number of subjects or individuals in a group scales, it becomes more difficult to get all subjects to simultaneously meet the picture criteria and can require a lot of trial and error to achieve the desired picture.

Additionally, the potential exists for cameras in the future to offer similar features for other actions, such as looking for a non-standard pose, for pointing, silly faces, raised hands, etc., thereby increasing the variety of possible outcomes as well as the difficulty and complexity of obtaining the desired photo.

Proposed here is an invention that accommodates situations in which different subjects may have different behavioral criteria for the desired photo and assists with the ease of use in capturing and creating an overall desired group picture. The core functions of the invention are to:


1. Offer the ability to assign different criteria for each subject within a group shot

2. Automatically take pictures at intervals when a certain threshold or percentage of met criteria is detected across the group of subjects

3. Track status of the criteria met versus unmet for a subject or individual within a single shot as well as through multiple shots within a specified series

4. Offer visual indicators as to required movements or changes of subjects to meet a merge criteria across photos

5. Merge the proper photos that span the met criteria for all subjects or tag the image with positions for recommended alignment points for merging in another application

The features, components, and actions of the tool to assist a user in taking the desired photographs in a preferred embodiment follow:

1. The camera stores a list of possible actions or behavioral criteria as manufactures add more of these to identify. Manufacturers may choose to include many different characteristics to look for in future iterations (e.g., smiling, non-standard pose, pointing, silly faces, raised hands, etc.)

2. The camera allows an operator to select those actions for each subject by selecting them on the preview screen, which activates a menu of identifiable actions

A. The tool uses existing techniques to identify a person, in general, and provide a menu when selected on a camera's preview screen whether it is by touch screen or other embodiments. The camera assigns a temporary or permanent ID to each subject.

B. The operator assigns unique behavioral criteria to each user or sets a group's behavioral criteria


C. The tool displays and tracks the various behavioral criteria that a subject

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must meet according to that specific subject by image recognition, tracking,...