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Layered Photograph Capture with Multi-layered Display Camera Device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240514D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-04
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Disclosed is a camera system that uses a multi-layered transparent display to provide an editing capability while the user captures the photograph.

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Layered Photograph Capture with Multi -layered Display Camera Device

Current methods and systems for photography commonly use layers in cameras to render part of the scene; multiple layers together form a three-dimensional visual effect. Each layer can be separately edited and various layers can be added to or removed from the stack to form the perfect picture. However, this editing takes place only after a photograph is captured. This can be time consuming and does not always produce the desired results.

The novel contribution is a camera system that provides an editing capability while the user captures the photograph.

The camera uses a multi-layered transparent display. While capturing any photograph, the camera analyzes the depths of different objects in the surrounding view and accordingly clusters the objects based on the depth ranges. The user can manually change the depth ranges to display objects in different layers.

The camera system provides a preview of the clustered objects in the surrounding picture plotted in different layers of the camera display. A user can view the content displayed in each layer and then, with a finger gesture, can interchange the position of the content in different layers. The system automatically changes the object's depth in the photograph.

A user can use a succession of previous photographs to automatically build pictures that include the best of all layers. The user can replace one or more layer with any other stored layered content. Any other layer manipulation can also be run at photograph capture.

Furthermore, the user can rank the different layers of previous image captures and use a camera feature to automatically pull together the best pictures from the each individual layer with the highest ranking.

The system allows the user to provide recommendations to friends for working with the images (e.g., may want to replace one layer of personal photographs, provide a similar image with a better layer, etc.).

The moment the photograph is taken, the user can set up the layers of objects as needed. The photographer is in the moment and has a concept of the desired outcome, as opposed to editing back in the shop. This process offers a better chance for producing the desired final image.

Figure 1 shows a camera with a multi-layered transparent display. In this specific diagram, there are eight layers present in the device. When a user focuses the camera, the system clusters the contents of the surrounding area based on the calculated depth of the objects from the camera location. Accordingly, the system displays clustered contents in different layers.


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Figure 1: Multilayered transparent display in camera

Figure 2 shows that the user can preview of different layers, according to what the camera system has calculated. Using finger gestures, a user can change the position of specific objects into different layers and restack the objects as appropriate for the desired outcome.