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Intelligent Light Path via Augmented Visual Display and Optical Decoding

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235938D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 126K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a device that incorporates the capability of a smart phone and a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) to provide an augmented display for identifying a problematic system and providing detailed error conditions to the operator in a data center.

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Intelligent Light Path via Augmented Visual Display and Optical Decoding

System Error and Lightpath logs are provided to the service personnel through system management datapaths (e.g., Ethernet, serial port, etc.) and are parsed either on secondary host systems, for additional tools to parse, or on a webpage display. The problem is that when a service person physically goes into a datacenter to pull and repair the system that has an error, the task to locate and validate the problematic system can be difficult. Retrieval requires coordination between system operators, networking administration, security, and so on. Systems use small serial number markings, which are difficult to read, or "Locate" light emitting diodes (LEDs) to provide a visual indication of the system upon which to work.

The novel contribution is a device that incorporates the capability of a smart phone and a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) to provide an augmented display for identifying a problematic system and providing detailed error conditions to the operator. The core features and functions of the device for an intelligent light path via augmented visual display and optical decoding include:


 Mobile device and camera video processing for identifying specific color or flashing LEDs in a large field of view


 Video display augmentation which highlights the presence of an illuminated LED faster than human response time


 Sequenced error LED flash decoding via video camera and augmented reality display methods


 Menu driven augmented reality with user feedback to modify augmented reality graphics (facilitates navigating through diagnostic text information)


 Menu driven augmented reality where user feedback may be a touch screen (via mobile device), or voice commands (via wearable computer with an OHMD)

The device uses the camera capability of the device to scan a user's field of view (i.e. view from the perspective of a service person walking into a datacenter to perform a repair operation) looking for system LED illumination on any of the systems within the datacenter. The device processes the video of the systems, looks for the system error LED indications, and generates an augmented display to direct the person using the device to go to the physical server. Once the service person is physically located next to the correct system, the augmentation device processes video capture to watch the system LEDs for a "flashed" error message/system log/machine type/serial number that is decoded and displayed on the video display...