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Method and System for Viewing an Internal Structure and Components of an Opaque Surface using Augmented Reality Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244633D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-30
Document File: 3 page(s) / 117K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for viewing an internal structure and components of an opaque surface using augmented reality devices.

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Method and System for Viewing an Internal Structure and Components of an Opaque Surface using Augmented Reality Devices

During remodeling of a house, a builder is required to understand the entire house structure of the house to plan renovation. However, the builder may not know the exact position of wires and pipes that are behind a wall covering. Without proper knowledge of the entire house structure, the builder may not be able to renovate the house effectively.

Disclosed is a method and system for viewing an internal structure and components of an opaque surface using augmented reality devices. The opaque surface can be a wall and the internal structure and components can be studs, pipes, or wires in the wall. The augmented reality devices can be one of, but not limited to, augmented reality glasses and head mounted displays.

The system includes components such as, but not limited to, augmented reality device, integrated or separate ultrasonic device, magnetic and electromagnetic interference (EMI) detectors, and software for image analysis and rendering augmented reality view.

When a user swipes a hand over a wall section of interest, the ultrasonic device in conjunction with blueprints detects the internal structure and components. The internal structure and components are rendered as overlays on an image of the wall section in an augmented reality device. Figure 1 illustrates a view in the augmented reality device of the overlaid inner structure of a wall area of interest in the wall section.

Figure 1

As illustrated in Figure 1, the image portion of internal structure and components is overlaid over the wall. The image is captured by the ultrasonic device or EMI detector.

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The user can easily understand where changes are required in the wall section for renovation. At the same time, the user can understand which area is perfect and where changes are required.

Figure 2 illustrates a diagram where the user is swiping a hand in an area of interest and an augmented reality view of the wall is displayed in the augmented reality device.

Figure 2

The magnetic and electromagnetic interference (EMI) detectors are used for identifying metal and electrical items. The software analyzes structures of the internal struc...