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Providing Mobile Device with Screenshot of Photographed Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248328D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 114K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system to determine whether a photograph captured with a mobile device contains a portion or all of a computer display. If it does, then the system can automatically send and/or overlay a screenshot of the display in the photo.

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Providing Mobile Device with Screenshot of Photographed Display
When users need a screen capture from a computer monitor saved to a mobile device, the usual method to do so is to take a picture of the screen with the device. Typically, the quality of the picture is very poor and has an undesirable fade effect. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: Fade effect when taking a picture of a computer screen

The novel solution is a method and system to determine whether a photograph captured with a mobile device contains a portion or all of a computer display. If it does, then the system can automatically send and/or overlay a screenshot of the display in the photo.

In one implementation, a mobile device equipped with a camera is connected to a local area network. The user takes a picture of a computer screen using the mobile device camera. The mobile device sends the image to a cloud service.

Figure 2: Image of the computer screen

The cloud service requests full-screen screenshots of the computers in the Local Area Network (LAN). (A computer can opt-out of this process.) The local computers send a

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screen shot of the current display.

Figure 3: Example of a screenshot that the computers can send

The system uses image recognition to determine if the captured image has the screenshot from the computer in it.

Figure 4: The system matches the captured image with the correct computer screenshot

In an alternate embodiment, rather than send the photo to all of the computers in the local area network, the system can manually request it fr...