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System and Method for Visualizing Real-World Object Position Changes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237409D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

The disclosed invention describes a system and method for visualizing movement of objects using 3D capture and display.

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System and Method for Visualizing Real -World Object Position Changes


In daily activities people often lose track of objects, things like keys, shoes, a smartphone or a glass of water. In some cases the owner simply becomes distracted or forgetful and misplaces the object. In other cases another person, child or pet may have moved the object. Once track of the object is lost, in some cases it can be surprisingly difficult to locate the object.

The search for lost objects could be greatly enhanced if a visual history of object locations were available , to show how long each object in a particular room has been in its current location. Then a user could quickly filter out all objects that have not moved recently, to quickly identify the location of misplaced objects.

The disclosed invention describes a system that tracks object locations and intuitively displays to a viewer how long objects have been in a particular location.

Portions of this invention build upon well established technologies: 3D real-world scene capture and 3D virtual displays, combined with novel aspects around identification and data representation.

Prior art search:

"heatmap objects moved"
https://www.google.com/patents/WO2013135969A1 tracks movements of objects and displays their movement, but no heatmap or general visualization capability

"real world object position changes" none relevant

"heatmap object position" none relevant

Web search:

"find moved objects" none relevant
"show moved objects" none relevant

"google glasses detect objects"
leveraging: google glass framing an object: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/15/google-gesture-patent-would-let-glass-wearers-heart-objects/

"detect moved objects" none relevant

"record display object position changes" none relevant

"real world object position changes"
leveraging: http://rd.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-04592-9_50#page-1 method to locate objects

"real world 3d capture"
leveraging: http://structure.io/ 3-D sensor

"real world object position changes" none relevant

The invention comprises five major steps:


1. Use of a device to capture a 3D representation of a real-world area (leveraging sensor devices)

2. Repeated use of the 3D capture device to create a history of object location changes over time


3. Calculating differences in the 3D positions to determine how long an object has been at its present location


4. Applying a heatmap to visually represent how long an object has been present


5. Rendering the heatmap in a display for the user (leveraging display technology)

Potentially novel aspects:


1. Creating a heatmap of real-world object movement using 3D capture and computer-generated display
2. Simultaneous display of...