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A Method and System Recommending Locations for Photography Using a Social Platform

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000230874D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-17
Document File: 10 page(s) / 2M

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Parag Kesar: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A method and system for recommending interesting locations to users by providing a social platform that allows users to contribute and share their knowledge of interesting places known to them is disclosed. The method and system disclosed provides a mapping application which allows users to define areas within a large geographical area on a map and associate useful information such as tips, photos, videos, 3D views, 3D aerial tours etc. with them.

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A Method and System Recommending Locations for Photography Using a Social Platform

Abstract

A method and system for recommending interesting locations to users by providing a social platform that allows users to contribute and share their knowledge of interesting places known to them is disclosed.  The method and system disclosed provides a mapping application which allows users to define areas within a large geographical area on a map and associate useful information such as tips, photos, videos, 3D views, 3D aerial tours etc. with them.

Description

Disclosed is a method and system for recommending interesting locations to users by providing a social platform that allows users to contribute and share their knowledge of interesting places known to them.  The method and system disclosed provides a mapping application which allows users to define areas within a large geographical area on a map.  Additionally, the users are provided with the ability to associate useful information with the corresponding geographical co-ordinates of one or more user-defined areas using the mapping application.  The mapping application thereby turns a user-defined area into a discoverable entity.  In one instance, the user-defined area may be an unnamed area.  The unnamed area may correspond to a small area, for example, an area less than half a square mile.  In an exemplary scenario, the unnamed area may include a beautiful secluded beach, a hidden lake, vista point that offers breathtaking views, a tranquil spot out in the wilderness etc., which may not be discoverable using standard mapping applications.  The useful information may include tips, photos, videos, 3D views, 3D aerial tours etc.  Further, a user may select a geographical boundary on the map using the mapping application.  Then, the mapping application provides the user with user-defined areas provided by other users of the mapping application which are present within the geographical boundary selected by the user.  The useful information associated with user-defined areas present within the geographical boundary selected by the user, is also provided to the user.  The system also provides the ability to vote and comment on user-defined areas.  Comments and votes provide a means to rate user-defined areas and thereby provide popularity gauging metrics for the system.  This makes popular areas potentially more easily discoverable than others.

In one embodiment the system provides the users of the mapping application with a set of authoring tools to create user-defined areas.  Also, one can generate three-dimensional (3D) views and virtual aerial tours of the user-defined areas by using the authoring tools.  A 3D view is a virtual three-dimensional projection of the actual landscape of an area generated using three-dimensional graphical tools.  Figure 1A shows a 3D view of an area generated using the mapping application disclosed herein.  An aerial tour similarly is virtual sweeping ...