The living room of the future, with augmented reality as its cornerstone, could be here before we know it, especially considering that Amazon's on a mission to bring headset-free AR to homes.
The company recently filed two patents intended to help AR make its debut in America's living rooms. One patent displays a method of using light beams to display AR scenes in a room and to track what's going on. A second patent would allow a user to control the AR scene by interacting with a computer through body gestures.
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The first patent describes a system that includes "a single light source, a reflector, a shutter mechanism associated with the light source, and a camera." The document goes on to explain, "More particularly, the light source may output light that is directed towards the scene (a first set of light beams) and towards the reflector (a second set of light beams) utilizing the shutter mechanism."
The second patent, which details 3-D tracking, explains, "In a particular implementation, 3-D images of the environment may be captured and 2-D contours of objects within the environment may be generated."
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To be sure, other companies are also participating in the race for AR in homes. IllumiRoom, a proof-of-concept system developed by Microsoft Research, augments the area surrounding a TV screen with projected visualizations.
Meanwhile, Apple has a new patent for a projector that uses augmented reality. The AR projector includes a camera that scans a room, constructs a digital model of the space and identifies which surfaces it can project images onto.
via Tech Times