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Method and system for dynamic data sharing among devices oriented towards a point of interest

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216361D
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-02
Document File: 5 page(s) / 73K

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Abstract

This article describes a system and a method that allows to share resources between devices in an ad-hoc situational context in which devices are pointing to the same point of interest. The resource capturing of the devices will happen at the same point in time within an optional range of tolerance, which is, however, not mandatory. The captured and to be shared resources will be processed in order to determine their quality based on quality aspects of the capturing device and quality of the resource itself. These quality settings can be adjusted by all participating parties themselves. A POI is either moving or static. Depending on this classification, different identification methods can be used. Both, moving and static POIs, can be identified by a triangulation of multiple devices pointing at the same POI. Static POIs can also be identified by a POI repository, like a dedicated POI database, which could be available locally or worldwide.

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Method and system for dynamic data sharing among devices oriented towards a point of interest

Abstract

This article describes a system and a method that allows to share resources between devices in an ad-hoc situational context in which devices are pointing to the same point of interest (from now on called "POI"). The resource capturing of the devices will happen at the same point in time within an optional range of tolerance, which is, however, not mandatory. The captured and to be shared resources will be processed in order to determine their quality based on quality aspects of the capturing device (e.g. technical capabilities, distance to the POI...) and quality of the resource itself (e.g. camera resolution, white noise, blur...). These quality settings can be adjusted by all participating parties themselves. A POI is either moving or static. Depending on this classification, different identification methods can be used. Both, moving and static POIs, can be identified by a triangulation of multiple devices pointing at the same POI. Static POIs can also be identified by a POI repository, like a dedicated POI database, which could be available locally (local area network) or worldwide (e.g. on a remote server). The determination of sharing devices in general and the ability to act as a sharing candidate can be based on different device aspects - for example: device orientation, geographic location, angle, distance to the POI and others. Hardware like gyroscope, compass or GPS may be used for that. Some parameters may be computed before, for instance if no geographic location is available or if a triangulation needs be done with other sharing devices nearby in order to specify the location.

Sample Scenarios

Scenario 1


Jon takes a picture of the mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark. Many people are standing in front of him, so he can't get a clear shot. His camera identifies the mermaid as POI and offers him the pictures being taken by others at the same time but from a better point of view.

Scenario 2


Bob is at a sports event. He takes a picture of a particular situation using his camera. His camera identifies other devices all targeted to the same point and identifies that point as POI. The camera offers Bob some or all relevant pictures from the other devices. They have a different point of view and the pictures may be of interest.

Scenario 3


Alice is at a rock concert. She takes a picture of the band using her camera. Her camera identifies other devices all pointing towards the same point and identifies that point as POI. It offers Alice some or all relevant pictures from the other devices. They have a better quality and a better viewing angle. Also concert staff members that are on stage are pointing photographic devices towards the rock star. Alice may request their pictures as well.

Scenario 4


At a music event a TV company uses this technique to show a visitor's private footage (video or photo) on the TV screen by filtering the...