Visual Orbits, and other mathematical breakthroughs
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- Invention title: Video Orbits, and other mathematical breakthroughs.
Summary explanation -- how it works:
Video Orbits "stitches" together multiple pictures of the same scene or
object. This allows for the creation of 360 degree panoramas simply
by looking around (if you're wearing a camera), or by swinging a camera
around (if you're holding it).
Video Orbits is a new breakthrough in algebraic projective geometry,
solving a previously unsolved problem of relating images in a simple
featureless way that does not require identifying specific features in
any of the images.
When Video Orbits are made by a wearable eye-is-the-camera system,
they're called "lookpaintings" because they capture what you see, e.g.
your gaze as you look around.
Here are some lookpainting from S. Mann's right eye, as he looks
around while doing some banking:
This demonstrates a useful way of keeping track of one's personal
activities (e.g. when the bank lost some important paperwork and
refused to provide access to their surveillance videos to prove
Mann's account of what had happened).
Automatic overlays are also possible with Video Orbits.
It was invented by S. Mann in the early 1990s and is now widely used.
Presently MIT owns Mann's patent (as is common for MIT students).
MIT regularly licenses technology to startups that include the
student or alumnus.
- Example commercial applications:
Image processing, image compression, image analysis,
computer vision, VR, AR (Virtual, Augmented or Augmediated Reality),
and shared visual experiences
(see related invention, Eye-to-Eye).
- Link to technical papers associated with the invention:
See also Eye-to-eye (paper on a related invention), and
VideoOrbits on Eye Tap Devices....
- Patent applications filed or issued:
U.S. Patent 5706416.
Other patents in the works.
- Prototypes constructed:
A number of devices and systems have been constructed by
S. Mann and his team of students around this work.
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