Follow us on Twitter
twitter icon@FreshPatents

Browse patents:
Next
Prev

Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest




Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest


Methods and apparatuses for tracking objects comprise one or more optical sensors for capturing one or more images of a scene, wherein the one or more optical sensors capture a wide field of view and corresponding narrow field of view for the one or more mages of a scene, a localization module, coupled to the one or more optical sensors for determining the location of the apparatus, and determining the location of one more objects in the one or more images based on the...



Browse recent Sri International patents - ,
USPTO Applicaton #: #20170024904
Inventors: Supun Samarasekera, Taragay Oskiper, Rakesh Kumar, Mikhail Sizintsev, Vlad Branzoi


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20170024904, Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest.


CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

- Top of Page


This application is a continuation of and claims priority to and the benefit of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/916,702, filed Jun. 13, 2013, which is and claims priority to and the benefit of U.S. provisional patent application No. 61/675,734 filed Jul. 25th, 2012 and U.S. provisional patent application No. 61/790,715 filed on Mar. 15th 2013, the disclosures of which are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety.

GOVERNMENT RIGHTS IN THIS INVENTION

This invention was made with U.S. government support under contract number N00014-11-C-0433. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.

BACKGROUND

- Top of Page


OF THE INVENTION

Field of the Invention

Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to augmented reality and, more particularly, to a method and apparatus for tracking and geolocating objects of interest.

Description of the Related Art

Currently, binoculars are entirely optical devices allowing users to zoom in on a particular real world area from a long distance. If a user is attempting to view precise movements of an object at a distance, such as a car, truck or person, the user is able to use a binocular lens switching mechanism to change to a different magnification. In other binoculars, a “zooming” function is provided which can vary magnification ranges using a switch or lever. However, once the user increases magnification level, the user may experience difficulty in finding the object of interest within the “zoomed” scene.

Further, in conventional binocular system, if there are several binocular users in communication and one user has identified one or more objects of interest such as interesting wildlife, people, or the like, difficulty arises in signaling the location of the object of interest to other binocular users. The user who sighted the object of interest may use landmarks, but this method is imprecise and landmarks may not be in view of other user's binocular systems. In addition there may be several similar landmarks, making it more difficult to identify the precise location of objects of interest.

Therefore, there is a need in the art for a method and apparatus for precisely determining the geolocation of distant objects, in addition to tracking and sharing of the location for those objects.

SUMMARY

- Top of Page


OF THE INVENTION

An apparatus and/or method for tracking and geolocating objects of interest comprising one or more optical sensors for capturing one or more images of a scene, wherein the one or more optical sensors capture a wide field of view and corresponding narrow field of view for the one or more mages of a scene, a localization module, coupled to the one or more optical sensors for determining the location of the apparatus, and determining the location of one more objects in the one or more images based on the location of the apparatus, and an augmented reality module, coupled to the localization module, for enhancing a view of the scene on a display based on the determined location of the one or more objects.

Various advantages, aspects and features of the present disclosure, as well as details of an illustrated embodiment thereof, are more fully understood from the following description and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

- Top of Page


So that the manner in which the above recited features of the present invention can be understood in detail, a more particular description of the invention, briefly summarized above, may be had by reference to embodiments, some of which are illustrated in the appended drawings. It is to be noted, however, that the appended drawings illustrate only typical embodiments of this invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope, for the invention may admit to other equally effective embodiments.

FIG. 1 depicts an apparatus for tracking objects in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 2 depicts an embodiment of the apparatus as a binocular unit in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 3 depicts an image captured by narrow field of view optics in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 4 depicts an image captured by wide field of view optics in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 5 depicts a wide field of view image, where a helicopter is placed at a particular location in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 6 depicts a wide field of view image, where a tank is placed at a particular location in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 7A depicts a plurality of binocular units viewing portions of a scene in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 7B depicts an exemplary use of the apparatus 100 in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention; and

FIG. 8 depicts a method for object detection in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

- Top of Page


Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a method and apparatus for tracking and geolocating objects of interest. According to one embodiment, an apparatus for tracking objects of interest comprises an optical sensor used in conjunction with positional sensors such as inertial measurement units (IMU) and global navigation satellite systems (such as geographical positioning satellite (GPS) systems, Glonass and Galileo) to locate the apparatus and a laser rangefinder, to geographically localize objects in reference to the location of the optical sensor. Objects of interest are tracked as a user zooms the optical sensors, or the user switches from a wide field of view to a narrow field of view. Embodiments of the present invention preserve a location of an object of interest within the user\'s view throughout a change in zoom or field of view. Additionally, if the object of interest escapes the user\'s view during a zooming function, an augmented reality system may provide the user with indicia of the location of the object within the user\'s view, as well as other pertinent information. An observed scene is augmented with information, labels of real world objects and guidance information on moving a camera unit or binocular unit to view objects of interest in a user\'s field of view. The augmentation appears stable with respect to the observed scene.

FIG. 1 depicts an apparatus for tracking objects 100 in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present invention. The apparatus 100 comprises an object recognition module 102, sensors 1031 to 103n and 1051 to 105n, a tracking module 104, an augmented reality module 106, a localization module 108, a reasoning module 110, a database 112, and output devices 116. According to exemplary embodiments, the database 112 further comprises a knowledge base 133 and scene and language data 135.




← Previous       Next →

Download full PDF for full patent description, claims and images

Advertise on FreshPatents.com - Rates & Info


You can also Monitor Keywords and Search for tracking patents relating to this Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest patent application.

###

Browse recent Sri International patents

Keyword Monitor How KEYWORD MONITOR works... a FREE service from FreshPatents
1. Sign up (takes 30 seconds). 2. Fill in the keywords to be monitored.
3. Each week you receive an email with patent applications related to your keywords.  
Start now! - Receive info on patent apps like Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest or other areas of interest.
###


Previous Patent Application:
Augmentation of cancer and cancer endothelial vaccine immunogenicity by histone deacetylase inhibitors
Next Patent Application:
Authenticating communications
Industry Class:

Thank you for viewing the Augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest patent info.
- - -

Results in 0.11131 seconds


Other interesting Freshpatents.com categories:
QUALCOMM , Apple ,

###

Data source: patent applications published in the public domain by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Information published here is for research/educational purposes only. FreshPatents is not affiliated with the USPTO, assignee companies, inventors, law firms or other assignees. Patent applications, documents and images may contain trademarks of the respective companies/authors. FreshPatents is not responsible for the accuracy, validity or otherwise contents of these public document patent application filings. When possible a complete PDF is provided, however, in some cases the presented document/images is an abstract or sampling of the full patent application for display purposes. FreshPatents.com Terms/Support
-g2-0.1777

66.232.115.224
Browse patents:
Next
Prev

stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20170024904 A1
Publish Date
01/26/2017
Document #
15286161
File Date
10/05/2016
USPTO Class
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
/
Drawings
10


Augmented Reality Localization Optic Optical Optical Sensor

Follow us on Twitter
twitter icon@FreshPatents

Sri International

Browse recent Sri International patents



Browse patents:
Next
Prev
20170126|20170024904|augmented reality vision system for tracking and geolocating objects of interest|Methods and apparatuses for tracking objects comprise one or more optical sensors for capturing one or more images of a scene, wherein the one or more optical sensors capture a wide field of view and corresponding narrow field of view for the one or more mages of a scene, a |Sri-International
';