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Picture alignment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237314D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a leveling device that aids a user in installing an array or group of holes so that the holes are within the desired alignment. The device incorporates methods that use a laser system, a smart camera, or a smart phone.

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Picture alignment

When making groups of holes for items (e.g., for fence posts, hooks for curtain rods, hanging multiple pictures, etc.) it can be difficult to line up all of the holes without having to measure and level multiple times. Generally, each hole is individually measured for a grouping. Tools normally used to do this are a measuring tape of a level (bulb or laser).

The novel contribution is a device that aids a user in installing an array or group of holes so that the holes are within the desired alignment. The device comprises four methods:


 Method 1: A laser system that projects multiple discrete points


 Method 2: Smart camera component placement application


 Method 3: Smart camera color recognition application


 Method 4: Using a smart phone to locate points

Method 1: A laser system that projects multiple discrete points

1. The user provides a starting point for the laser. This is an x, y point; the starting x point is the horizontal position from which the user normally measures, and the starting y point is the vertical position from which the user normally measures.

2. The user defines the desired distance between each location and the first point 3. The user indicates the desired spacing between points 4. The device projects a laser to mark the second hole 5. After the user inputs the first hole, the point at location one increments to position three
6. The steps repeat until all of the points are laid out

Method 2: Smart camera component placement application

1. The user takes a picture of the location (e.g., a wall for pictures) for making the holes

2. In the application, the user drags and drops pictures (of desired size) from a library onto the screen in the desired locations

3. Once the placement is completed in the application, the camera is used to help locate the items. This is accomplished by placing the photo on the wall and moving it ar...