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Method for Providing Augmented Reality Item Searching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223112D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use modern hand held devices to augment a visual representation of the user's surroundings with the proximity of a lost physical item.

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Method for Providing Augmented Reality Item Searching

When people are searching for a lost item or other personal property, they often overlook items that they have put down because it is being covered by something. Any tool that helps people recover lost items would be extremely valuable.

With the advent of mobile smart phones and similar devices, there have been attempts to help solve this issue. Drawbacks to current technologies include:


• The device used to locate the lost item does not use augmented reality and instead requires the lost item to emit an audio or visual notification of where it is


• Traditional augmented search devices use a predefined set of points of interest and GPS coordinates. With this, the user cannot define what objects should show up on the augmented image.

The proliferation of smart devices that allow users to leverage the built in camera and augment what is seen with compute services provides a powerful method for finding items, even if they are buried under other items. A user can look for an item with the camera and have the location of the item added to the screen. This would allow a user to find items even if they are hidden from sight.

Using various proximity detection technologies, including, but not limited to, signal strength triangulation and visual pattern recognition, this invention uses modern hand held devices to augment a visual representation of the user's surroundings with the proximity of a lost physical item.

The smart device can use any of a number of proximity technologies to determine the distance and direction of any item that has been identified to the device. When a new device is acquired, it would be identified to the smart device along with a definition of the proximity technology used to find it. When the user is looking for the missing device, they would run an application on the smart device that turns on the camera and augments the picture with a visual cue of that item on the picture. The user could then leverage the visual cues on that augmented view to locate the missing item.

Novel points of this invention include:


• Today's hand held devices have the capability of scanning a wide spectrum of data, including blue tooth, RFID, and GPS. Only recently has the technology come about to allow this type of solution to surface.


• Today's d...