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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244756D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 35K

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PhotoMe is a proposed technology for automatically sharing photographs with strangers. If you take a photograph that includes someone else it will offer them a copy of the photo, if someone takes a photo of you, you get offered a copy. All the sharing happens electronically in the background without the hassle of swapping emails and other information. This can then be extended to block photography, provide additonal data about things in a photo, charge for photos, etc...

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When on vacation you may take photos of other people or they may take photos of you . How do you trade copies if you don't know them and don't want to or have time/language to trade email addresses? How do you stop cameras taking photos in particular places or of particular people? If you go to an event, like a wedding, how do you get a copy of all of the photos? If you child goes to an event that is being photographed, how do you get copies of the pictures that include them? If a zoo has animals on exhibit, how can they charge people for taking photos of the animals without being overly intrusive? If a photographer takes a good shot and wants to use it commercially they need a release from the people in it - but gathering one for each photo taken is impossible - so how do they know who to get in touch with?

Smart cameras that can sense where they are and an App that can convert a smart phone into a PhotoMe device .

What's a Smart Camera?

Camera, plus GPS, plus WiFi, plus NFC plus a little mobile technology plus a PhotoCam app.

The PhotoCam app works out where the camera is and which way it is pointing.

It uses twice the cameras focal length to get a range estimate and to estimate the arc of the field of view . These make up an arc of area for the photo (when viewed from above).

If then contacts all PhotoMe devices near it. Any that are in the arc of the photo are asked for permission to take the photo . If all ok, the photo is taken. Then all PhotoMe's near the camera are located. A copy of the photo is sent to all PhotoMe devices that are in the volume of the photo or are near by and in 'event' mode.


A'PhotoMe' may be set to either 'event mode' or 'photo' mode. If set to 'event mode' a range may be specified - the PhotoMe will be eligible to receive all photos taken within that range of the device (subject to WiFi reception). If set to 'photo' mode, it is only


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eligible to receive photos where it is deemed to be within the arc of the photo.

A PhotoMe can be set to 'store to FTP' or 'store to self'. In 'store to FTP' it provides the URL and password for an FTP server that a copy of the photo gets sent to. This can be a delayed transmission, so the photo may not be received until several hours (or even days) later. If set to 'store to self' a copy of the image is sent directly to the PhotoMe and stored on it's internal flash drive. If full, it can revert to FTP behaviour.

A PhotoMe set to 'store to self' may have a maximum image size specified. Any images that are larger than this will be received and then automatically resized to fit the maximum dimension. This allows owners to avoid having their PhotoMes filled up with high resolution images.

A PhotoMe can be set to automatically upload received images to social media, subject to restrictions on frequency and total bandwidth used.

A PhotoMe may be set up to say 'no photos of person' - in which case their part of the image will be pixilated out. A w...