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PIONEER New Zealand 360° Video VR Patent plus Australian Patent

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The two 360° Video VR Patents featuring are broad in scope and therefore categorised as broad patents.

In brief the full patent description in layman terms covers the following and at best represented in the images below.

- 360° VR Camera Design & Apparatus
- Viewing Devices & Image Projection
- Content Delivery System
- Prerecorded & Live Streaming Capability
- Infrared - Night & Thermal Vision
- 360° X-ray Scanning
- Hardware
- Software
- End User Applications
- Future Adaptation & Modification
- Royalty Fee Free Distribution Globally

Click here Link to view an early version demonstration of the patented 360°° Video technology claimed.

And click here Link to view a movie demonstration of the infrared / X-ray vision of the patented technology of which featured in the 2012 movie Prometheus where a 360° scanning probe maps a cave system and transmits real time video images to the exploring off world surveyors and the 3D hologram mapping orbiting control room.

These visuals can be seen 1.15 - 1.27 seconds in on the movie trailer..

PATENT NUMBERS

New Zealand Patent 514809 - Pioneer 360° VR Patent
Australian Patent 2002301440 - Supporting 360° VR Ordinary Patent.

TITLE

System and apparatus for processing and viewing video images

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates to video image processing methods and systems. More particularly, but not exclusively, the present invention relates to the synthesis of multiple video images processed and streamed over the Internet via a suitable website platform and viewable by a user who can have a degree of control over the images being viewed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to a broad aspect of the invention there is provided a method of processing continuous video images from a plurality of camera lenses, the method comprising the steps of:

a. capturing at least two visual images from respective camera lenses in synchronisation configured and arranged for panoramic viewing of a scene and recording such images;

b. converting the recorded images to a suitable digital format for processing the images;

c. processing the images using a digital processing means controlled by a suitable software program;

d. combining or stitching the captured images in a predetermined arrangement to form a programme of panoramic images; and

e. controlling the interaction with the programme of panoramic images by way of end user controls.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROCESS

A preferred embodiment of the invention will now be illustrated, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

(See complete patent) A computer program will be used to allow for panoramic viewing of the programme. Other features of functionality may be incorporated such as computer mouse control operations and speed control operations. Once all the features of the programme are incorporated, a programme file is published and exported or uploaded to a website being hosted by a web server. The web server can function as a mainframe computer to store all interactive movies accessible from the website.

The programme can preferably be interactive to allow users to have access via a data communication means or Internet enabled communication means to select the way they desire to view the programme. A user can view the movie by following a desirable navigation process. It is envisaged that a viewer or user can view a programme or movie via a display means in the form of a head mounted display means or what is commonly known as virtual glasses. The glasses are associated with a computer connected to the website via the internet. Virtual glasses include miniature screens locatable within the glass lenses and allow a user to see the movie or panoramic images without distraction, and with reasonable quality and effect.

Alternatively it is envisaged within the scope of the invention that as an end user viewer option the programme can be projected onto a display means in the form of a suitable projector screen using at least one projector or multiple projectors as desired (not shown), and wherein such viewing may include a suitable interactive module for controlling and navigating the programme, such navigation may include any one or more of the following control features.

An example of the types of user functionality or control features for a user having access to a movie on the website include any one or more of the following features of functionality:

Left to right viewing - activated by either a bar at the bottom of a web page frame or separate table and/or a mouse motion activated program. An interactive animated remote control can provide an alternative panning or scrolling option as well.

Speed control - a viewable interactive speed control animation added to the remote control animation will be created to provide this form of interactivity.

Self-selected video segments - key frames will be inserted in the movie production enabling viewers to selected identifiable video segment options. This self-selection process will be revealed as a separate animation developed as a drop-down or pop-up menu attached to the web page or flash panorama movie file.

Activating Video Buttons - additionally animated buttons that symbolise the functions of activating a standard VCR player; CD player, tape deck etc will be attached to the animated remote control to provide panoramic movie functionality, for example; buttons to command returning to the beginning of a movie, rewinding to the beginning of the last movie segment, playing, skipping to the next movie segment, and pausing, to name a few.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF 360° VR CAMERA DESIGN

A preferred embodiment of the invention will now be illustrated, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1. Shows a camera unit having a plurality of lenses in a desirable arrangement.

Referring now to figure 1 (image provided), a camera unit having a plurality of lenses in a desirable arrangement as illustrated.

The camera unit includes a plurality of image sensors desirably in the form of camera lenses mounted in a housing or casing. The casing is preferably of a suitable durable and resilient material that is water impervious, thus allowing the camera unit to be used in a variety of weather conditions. For example, metals, plastics material or glass, or a combination thereof, may be applied.

An array of lenses are spaced apart about the circular or multi-sided casing such that they are directed to the scene being captured. It is envisaged that the casing may consist of the same number of sides as the number of horizontally aligned lenses. A row of horizontally aligned lenses are preferably aligned with respective vertically aligned lenses as shown, such that an alignment of images of a scene in a vertical plane is obtainable. Any suitable mounting means can be incorporated with the casing. Desirably a gyroscopic stabiliser device is incorporated with the mounting means to assist with stabilising the camera unit. The images captured by the lenses of the camera unit are fed via suitable communication means to a recorder (not shown) which are then fed to the processing means.

The mounting means may be adapted with rotational drive means to allow the camera unit to be rotated, if required. The rotational drive means may be activated remotely with suitable remote activation means.

It will be appreciated that further camera lenses or image sensors may be incorporated into the casing.

360° VR USER APPLICATION

It is envisaged that the invention can be adapted to be used to capture video footage from any one or more of the following sample of the types of programmes that may be of interest to viewers including travel programmes, sports events, entertainment venues, carnivals, fashion events, real estate listings all allowing interactive viewing by a user of the scene being captured by way of a plurality of images forming a panoramic scene.

NOVELTY

It is also envisaged that the systems and methods of the invention can be used for remote security monitoring and for remote supervisory work of factory floors and even human and animal operating theatres, when combined with known technologies.

ALTERATION & FUTURE MODIFICATION PROTECTION CLAUSE

Wherein the aforegoing reference has been made to integers or components having known equivalents, then such equivalents are herein incorporated as if individually set forth.

Accordingly, it will be appreciated that changes may be made to the above described embodiments of the invention without departing from the principles taught herein.

It is to be understood that the above description is intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. Additional advantages of the present invention will become apparent for ?those skilled in the art after considering the principles in particular form as discussed ?and illustrated. Thus, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the ?particular embodiments described or illustrated, but is intended to cover all alterations ?or modifications which are within the scope of the appended claims.

PATENT CLAIMS

1. A method of processing continuous video images from a plurality of camera lenses, the method comprising the steps of:

a.) capturing at least two visual images – Australian Patent 2002301440 and at least three visual images – New Zealand Patent 514809 from respective camera lenses in synchronisation configured and arranged for panoramic viewing of a scene and recording such images;

b.) converting the recorded images to a suitable digital format for processing the images;

c.) processing the images using a digital processing means controlled by a suitable software program;

d.) combining or stitching the captured images in a predetermined arrangement to form a programme of panoramic images capable of being subsequently viewed by at least one user; and

e.) controlling the interaction with the programme of panoramic images by way of end user controls via data communication means, and wherein the end user selects a panoramic image for viewing, and in the case of a pre-recorded programme of panoramic images, controls the speed and sequence of segments of the programme being viewed.

2. A method according to claim 1 wherein five horizontal images and three vertical images forming a vertically and horizontally stitched panoramic image is obtained and processed.

3. A method according to claim 2 wherein in step d. the plurality of horizontal images captured are stitched substantially along adjacent side edges and then each set of horizontal images are stitched substantially along adjacent tops and bottom edges to form one panoramic image.

4. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein step c. includes enhancing a said plurality of images by adjusting the brightness, contrast and colourisation of each image captured to form substantially similar images.

5. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein in step e. a user controls the speed and area of viewing of the programme of panoramic images.

6. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein audio recordings are obtained and synchronised with the video images by the processing means.

7. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein in step d. the programme is modified by creating any one or more of the following features including polorised location description panels, voice-overs, credits, advertisements and a title.

8. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein in step d. the programme is enhanced by creating any one or more of the following features including video cassette recorder type animated function button means, a speed control animated remote means, key frame programming at the beginning of each individual video segment, mouse control motion computer program for controlling direction, and a direction program associated with an animated remote control means.

9. A method according to any one of the preceding claims wherein in step d. the programme is completed and uploaded to a website hosting the programme, and wherein in step e. a user is provided with access means to access the programme via an internet enabled communication means.

10. A system for processing panoramic video images, the system including a plurality of camera lenses configured and arranged, in use, to capture and record suitable overlapping visual images and generate synchronous output video signals, the video signals are fed into a digital processing means, the digital processing means being provided with suitable computer software to convert the images to a suitable digital format for processing by combining or stitching the video images to form a programme of panoramic images, and a computer server means suitably adapted to store and allow access to the programme of panoramic images via an internet-enabled communication means, and end user control means configured and arranged, in use, allowing an end user to select a panoramic image for viewing, and in the case of a pre-recorded programme of panoramic images, to control the speed and sequence of segments of the programme being viewed.

11. A system according to claim 10 wherein the computer server means hosts a website allowing access by an Internet user to the programme of panoramic images.

12. A system according to either claim 10 or claim 11 wherein the website is interactive to allow a user to control the panoramic images and control the speed of the video stream and/or the panning motion.

13. A system according to any one of claims 10 to 12 wherein the programme of panoramic images are viewed by an end user using a viewing monitor means adapted to allow a user to control the programme of panoramic images being obtained.

14. A system according to any one of claims 11 to 14 wherein the plurality of camera lenses include at least two horizontally aligned camera lenses and at least two vertically aligned camera lenses are configured and arranged in a casing, and wherein the horizontally aligned camera lenses are mountable in a circular orientation, and at least two vertically aligned camera lenses are arranged to capture images above and below a corresponding horizontally aligned camera lens, in use, to allow a panoramic image of the view to be obtainable.

15. A system according to any of claims 11 to 13 wherein five horizontally aligned camera lenses are provided, each horizontal camera lens being configured with at least two vertically oriented camera lenses.

16. A method according to claim 1 substantially as herein described.

17 . A system substantially as herein described with reference to any one of the accompanying drawings.

CLAIMS CHART (To follow).


Financial information

The following 360° Degree VR (Virtual Reality) patents are for sale to the highest bidder.

PATENTS

1.. New Zealand VR Pioneer Patent 514809
2. Australian Supporting Patent 2002301440

PATENT EXPIRY DATES

New Zealand 514809 Patent October 2023
Australia Patent 2002301440 October 2024

PLEASE NOTE

1. 5 & 6 Years remain until expiry date.
2. Patent PDF downloads can be accessed via the website link provided. Link

PATENTS SUMMARY

In summary the patent claims and embodiments cover the following;

1. The development of multi-lens 360º camera apparatuses
2. Manipulation of images - [Software]
3. End user functionality - [Software]
4. Display units
5. Projector
6. Processes, methods and systems
7. Future adaptation & modifications of 360º VR technology including processes, method and systems
8. New Zealand & Australian territories
9. Royalty fee free distribution into all global markets
10. Pioneer patent authority
11. Infringement lawsuit protection.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1. Pioneer Patents have the power to invalidate Ordinary Patents.
2. Contributing (patent claim) behaviours favours the new owners legal position should a lawsuit be filed

PATENT STRENGTH

In 2016 the patents were used to defend against commercial exploitation of its' patented technologies with tremendous success. The infringing well branded global corporations chose to test the strength of the patents to no avail and discontinued uses of the technology and its' patented 360° VR content creation methods for promotional gains.

PATENT COVERAGE

1. Broadcasting, Film & Television Entertainment.
2. Virtual Tourism.
3. Gaming.
4. Security Surveillance & Work Place Monitoring.
5. Virtual Medical Proceedures & Operations.
6. Virtual Gaming.
7. Real Estate & Property Development - Virtual Walkthroughs & Vitual Showcasing.
8. VR Retail
9. Virtual Conferencing.
10. VR Education Simulation.
11. Robotics - VR Integration
12. City Maintenance - Storm Water Pipes Including Dam Overflow Pipes.

COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL

1. Issuing licence agreements to operators who work in the above industries.
2. Issuing licence agreements to VR manufacturers, product development and distribution companies.
3. Issuing licence agreements to 360° VR content delivery platforms.
4. Royalty fee free distribution of ones' own VR technology into global markets.
5. Industry related franchise options.
6. Development of a dedicated VR 360° TV service.
7. Development of a night vision 360° scanning service.
8. Share price value. increase Link
9. 5 & 6 year monopoly

VALUE PROPOSITION

It's important to note that if your company distributes claimed 360° VR technology into global markets requiring a royalty fee per item sold due to existing ordinary patents in those counties; owning the pioneer patent will exempt your company from paying any royalty fee saving milllions of dollars in high volume sales.. This acquisition alone will increase the value of your company and will be reflected in the companies share stock price.

IDEAL PATENT BUYER/NEW OWNER

Television Network
Production Studio
Media Company
Advertising Agency
Internet Service Provider
Mobile Carrier
Social Media Network
Electronic Manufacture Company
Software Company
Gaming Company
Tourism Company
Government Tourism Agency
Local Councils
Security Surveillance Company
Casino Company
Real Estate Company
Retail Company
Insurance Company
Education Institution
Robotics Company
Patent Law Firm
Bank

Speculative Investor
Oil, Gas & Mineral (gold, diamond, uranium, coal mines etc) Owner
Hedge Fund Manager
Government

VIRTUAL REALITY NEWS

VR and Augmented Reality Will Soon Be Worth $150 Billion. Here Are The Major Players Link

Technology Startups: The Game-changers of Virtual and Augmented Reality Link

How are patents becoming increasingly important in virtual and augmented reality Link

How Patents Impact Share Prices of Companies? - GreyB Link

Why Brands Are Racing To Pick A Virtual Reality Partner (And How To Pick A Good One) Link

Samsung Announces New Virtual Reality Partnerships with UFC®, X Games and Live Nation Link

Facebook's Oculus Hit With Another Patent Lawsuit Link

FaceBook: Live from Oculus Connect to talk about the future of virtual reality Link

Regarding the above lawsuit. Acquiring a pioneer patent maybe the difference between paying out a large settlement or none at all.

ASKING PRICE - MAKE AN OFFER

All offers will be considered and include the following options.

1. Cash settlement only.
2. Cash and equity deal.
3. Equity only deal.
4. Cryptocurrency substitute.

Option 3 only applies to the rather larger mega corporations like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, Sony, IBM, Canon, ETRI, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Siemens, Cisco, Insta360, Go Pro etc who already have a vested interest in the VR technology space and understands the value in acquiring the two patents yet to be added to the new owners IP patent asset portfolio.

UPDATE 2018

A special thank you to those of you who have already submitted proposals. Please note that your proposal is being processed and we will be advising you of the next steps to take in due course.

Also note that the auction will remain open for proposals until such time we believe we have made the best effort to inform as many likely interested parties as possible.

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