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Method and System to Stream Data and Images in Response to Real Time Photography Requests

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238241D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system to request a photograph from an unknown party and in response stream the appropriate data and image(s) to the requestor. The system applies to any camera-ready device that is capable of remote communication.

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Method and System to Stream Data and Images in Response to Real Time Photography Requests

When a user wants to be included in a photograph of the surrounding area, it is usually necessary for that person to have a third party take the picture. Another challenge for users is to capture an image from a completely different vantage point, and be in the picture. For example, a person on a boat might want to take a picture of the boat, self-included, from the vantage point of the shore. Currently, there is no method to do this, because a third party cannot be engaged to assist from afar.

A method and system are needed by which a user can create a real time request for a photograph and send that request to a third party (e.g., a passersby that can assist with taking the photograph).

The novel contribution is a method and system that enable a user to engage a third party to assist in taking a photograph from a distant vantage point. The system allows the user to send assistance requests to passersby within a user-specified area for photo capture. The user can also send requests to social media based on location information and the user-specified area for photo capture. The system links the request and sends the captured photo to the requestor post-capture.

A user can create a photograph capture request by reviewing an area from the current vantage point. The user creates boundaries for the photograph capture, creates a photo capture, and then sends the photo capture request to social media and camera devices within the requested boundaries. The system distributes the request to devices within the capture request boundaries, along with users of social media with location information shared that are within the boundaries of the request. As one or more request receivers accept the photograph capture request, the system alerts the user.

The system dynamically identifies the direction of photography based on both the user's and the receivers' current locations. For example, a user is traveling in a riverboat, which makes the user's position variable. The system accounts for this variable change and directs the request receiver of the photograph to adjust the position of the camera device. After a request receiver takes a photo of the traveler, the system links it to the request and sends it to the traveler. Based on rules defined by the user, the photograph-capturing request may automatically expire. For example, if the photograph requestor moves more than a threshold distance away from the desired vantage point, then the request is automatically cancelled.

The syst...