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Real time user specific aggregated Collaborative information as photograph metadata

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235732D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 134K

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Disclosed are a method and system that allow a user to define specific areas of interest while taking a photograph with a mobile device, and then obtain people-specific information, which is aggregated, displayed on-screen, and saved as metadata for the photograph.

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Real time user specific aggregated Collaborative information as photograph metadata

A method is needed to allow users to capture additional information about the

subject of a photograph while capturing the image. For example, a user is taking a picture of an island (as shown in Figure 1), and wants to capture and associate the following people-specific information with the picture:

• How many travelers were present in that place at specific time
• Average user's feedback about the place

• Different profiles of the people/users that visited the place

With this information captured, it can be available to the user for future reference

when viewing the photograph.

Figure 1: Example of user capturing a photograph of an island

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The novel contribution is a method that allows a user, while taking a photograph, to indicate areas of specific interest about which more information is needed. The novel system then finds people-specific information from accessible web-based resources, and then aggregates the information. The information is displayed to the user on the mobile device screen and is then included as part of the photograph's metadata.

Upon focusing the camera in any place, the user can draw one or more freehand contours to define areas of interest. Based on the defined areas, the system collects aggregated people-specific information from the moment of capture. The system overlays the aggregated information on the camera screen. Based on user's choice, the displayed information becomes part of the metadata of the photograph.

To implement the method and system in a preferred embodiment:

1. The user focuses the camera on a mobile...