Microsoft Patent | Presenting Augmented Reality Display Data in Physical Presentation Environments

Patent: Presenting Augmented Reality Display Data in Physical Presentation Environments

Publication Number: 20190005724

Publication Date: 2019-01-03

Applicants: Microsoft

Abstract

Methods and systems for rendering augmented reality display data to locations of a physical presentation environment based on a presentation configuration are provided. A physical presentation environment configuration may be accessed that includes locations of a physical presentation environment for mapping augmented reality display data. The augmented reality display data may include a plurality of augmented reality objects that are rendered for display. Presentation attributes of the augmented reality display data may be used in conjunction with the presentation configuration for mapping and rendering the augmented reality display data. The rendered augmented reality display data may be dynamically interactive, and may be generated based on previous presentation configurations, mapping preferences, mapping limitations, and/or other factors.

Background

Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes computer-generated objects onto a person’s view of a real-world environment to provide a user display that integrates real world objects and computer-generated objects. Accordingly, augmented reality devices may provide direct or indirect views of a real-world environment, while simultaneously displaying augmented reality display objects as digital projections along with the direct or indirect views of the real-world environment. As a result, there are many ways that augmented reality display objects can be rendered for display with real-world environments.

Summary

In brief, and at a high level, the technology of this disclosure relates to the mapping and rendering of augmented reality display data. Augmented reality display data is used to collectively refer to augmented reality objects and other holographic content defined based on the augmented reality display data for presentation in a physical presentation environment. In particular, a physical presentation environment configuration may be accessed to determine locations of a physical presentation environment that may be suitable for mapping a selection of augmented reality display data. A presentation configuration may be generated based on the physical presentation environment configuration and based on presentation attributes of the augmented reality display data to be mapped and rendered. The presentation attributes may include display features (e.g., dimensions, content, orientation, scaling limitations, dynamic interactivity, etc.) of the augmented reality display data. The presentation configuration may be used for mapping the augmented reality display data to the locations of the physical presentation environment. The augmented reality display data may then be rendered for display based on the generated presentation configuration, allowing a uniquely configured presentation of the augmented reality display data to be provided for a particular physical presentation environment.

The locations for mapping the augmented reality display data (hereinafter used interchangeably as “augmented reality objects” or “objects”) may be determined by performing a location recognition operation on a physical presentation environment configuration that is accessed. Exemplary locations for mapping augmented reality objects might include planar surfaces, physical objects, and/or other locations in a physical presentation environment. Avoidance areas where mapping augmented reality display data should be limited or prevented may also be determined (e.g., areas where it is preferable to limit the number of augmented reality objects rendered due to visibility, accessibility, predicted interference, user position, etc.).

The presentation attributes of the augmented reality display objects may include features that can be used to determine how the augmented reality display data can be mapped to the locations of the physical presentation environment. For example, such features may include the dimensions, orientations, dynamic interactivity, content, arrangement of content, and/or other characteristics, features, and/or qualities that can be used to determine how the augmented reality display data can be mapped, arranged, and/or oriented with respect to the locations. It may be possible to generate multiple different presentation configurations for a particular combination of augmented reality display data and locations, and as a result, a user may have multiple options for viewing augmented reality objects in a particular environment.

The features of the presentation attributes may be used to guide how augmented reality objects are mapped to certain locations in a physical presentation environment. For example, an augmented reality object having flat display characteristics (e.g., a 2D chart, timeline, image, spreadsheet, etc.) may be mapped to a location in the physical presentation environment that has planar characteristics and a mapping area sufficient to accommodate the dimensions of the augmented reality object (e.g., based on the size and/or scaling restrictions of the augmented reality object). As another example, an augmented reality object, such as one having three dimensional (3D) characteristics, and/or one providing dynamic interactivity, may be mapped to an object in the physical presentation environment (e.g., a 3D object such as a table, chair, cup, pen, etc.) or to a fixed location relative to the user (e.g., within a user’s reach and field of view).

Augmented reality objects may also be mapped based on received mapping preferences and/or mapping limitations. The preferences and limitations may be received for a specific physical presentation environment and selection of augmented reality display data, or may be determined from previous mapping and rendering of augmented reality display data (e.g., a mapping “history” for a user). For example, certain augmented reality objects may be mapped to certain locations based on a mapping preference indicated by a user, and certain objects may be mapped only to certain locations based on a mapping limitation received from the user. Exemplary mapping preferences and mapping limitations may include a number of objects to be mapped and a selection of objects to be mapped, the orientation of the objects, the assigned location of the objects, and/or locations where mapping of the objects should be restricted, etc. The mapping preferences and limitations may be used to generate a presentation configuration.

A dynamically interactive augmented reality object may be modifiable based on dynamic interaction (e.g., user interaction or input). The dynamic interaction may modify a presentation configuration, changing how a selection of augmented reality objects is mapped and rendered. For example, a dynamic interaction may facilitate a change in the locations of rendered augmented reality objects. Alternatively, dynamic interaction may modify the dynamically interactive augmented reality object, itself (e.g., by changing the orientation of the object).

A presentation configuration for mapping augmented reality display data may be generated and/or modified based on one or more previously generated presentation configurations for the same physical presentation environment or for a different physical presentation environment. In this sense, a mapping characteristic, preference, and/or limitation of one or more previously generated presentation configurations may be utilized to generate a new presentation configuration. For example, a preference for charts and graphs to be rendered to vertical planar surfaces (e.g., walls) may be maintained to the extent possible for a presentation configuration generated for a new physical presentation environment. In this respect, a “history” may be used to generate a presentation configuration that is more specifically tailored to a user’s needs and/or preferences. Additionally, in certain embodiments, generating a presentation configuration based on a previously generated presentation configuration may not require any mapping characteristics to be maintained, but merely instead reference aspects of the previously generated presentation configuration.

This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described in the detailed description section below. This summary is not intended to identify key or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used in isolation as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

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