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System to Share Visual Data between Connected and Non-Connected Surfaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249063D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method to capture, transfer, and digitize whiteboard drawings and integrate the same with connected devices in a cost effective and portable way using widely available technologies. This enables all presentation surfaces in a remote collaborative environment to have the same content and all participants can view it.

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System to Share Visual Data between Connected and Non-Connected Surfaces

Members of globalized professional teams often work, join, and collaborate remotely, using various devices to draw and scribe content to share with others. Some people use whiteboards to draw, scribe, brainstorm, etc. In a group session, the challenge is to successfully collaborate with both on-site and remote meeting participants using a combination of electronic devices and a physical whiteboard.

To incorporate physical whiteboards into a collaborative session with other electronic devices, a method is needed to enable all participants to view all content in real time as users contribute to the discussion.

The novel solution is a method and system to capture and replicate images that originate on local devices and a physical whiteboard and then share the images so that all presentation surfaces have the same content and all participants can view it.

Implementing the method and system in a preferred embodiment requires the following components and process steps:

1. Whiteboard (physical, traditional non-connected whiteboard) A. A device with a camera captures images of drawings on the physical

whiteboard B. A projector replicates remotely created images and projects those onto

the physical whiteboard C. The system captures several images per a configured period (e.g., several

per minute), removing persons standing in the foreground, interlacing between the projected and hand rendered images so as to only send back what was actually drawn on the whiteboard (and not recursively sending back projected images)

D. Multiple in-room cameras from various recording devices capture whiteboard images to allow a meeting participant to stand near the board without having to move for the system to see the written/drawn content. The camera with a clear view is used for image input.

2. Connected Devic...