Sony Patent | Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method, and Recording Medium

Patent: Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method, and Recording Medium

Publication Number: 20190012799

Publication Date: 2019-01-10

Applicants: Sony

Abstract

[Object] To enable estimation of the size of an object in a real space. [Solution] An information processing apparatus includes: an acquisition section that acquires an image of a real object in a real space captured by a predetermined imaging section, and a measurement result of a distance to the real object by a predetermined distance measuring section; and an estimation section that estimates a size of the real object in the real space on the basis of a size of the real object in the image and the measurement result of the distance, and by comparing the estimation result of the size to a plurality of preset size candidates, specifies the size of the real object in the real space.

Background

Recently, as image recognition technology has become more advanced, it has become possible to recognize the position and attitude of a real object (that is, a physical object in a real space) included in an image captured by an imaging apparatus. The technology called augmented reality (AR) is known as one applied example of such physical object recognition. By utilizing AR technology, it becomes possible to present, to a user, virtual content (hereinafter also designated a “virtual object”) in various modes such as text, icons, or animations, superimposed onto a real object captured in an image of a real space. For example, Patent Literature 1 discloses one example of AR technology.

Also, by an application of physical object recognition technology, it becomes possible to execute what is called localization for recognizing the position in real space of an imaging section (and by extension, the apparatus provided with the imaging section) that captures an image of an object. The technology called simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is one example of technology for realizing such localization.

Summary

Technical Problem

As one example of a method for realizing localization, there is a method in which a real object of known size and shape, such as a known marker or the like, is detected inside an image captured by an imaging section to thereby estimate the positional relationship between the real object and the imaging section.

On the other hand, the size of the real object to be used as the reference for localization is not necessarily known in some cases. For example, in the case in which a marker that acts as the reference for localization is displayed on a display, there is a possibility that the size of the marker may change in accordance with the size of the display. In this way, in a state in which the size of the real object that acts as the reference for localization is unknown, it may be difficult to estimate the positional relationship between the real object and the imaging section more accurately (that is, execute localization more accurately) in some cases.

Accordingly, the present disclosure proposes an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a recording medium capable of estimating the size of an object in a real space.

Solution to Problem

According to the present disclosure, there is provided an information processing apparatus including: an acquisition section that acquires an image of a real object in a real space captured by a predetermined imaging section, and a measurement result of a distance to the real object by a predetermined distance measuring section; and an estimation section that estimates a size of the real object in the real space on the basis of a size of the real object in the image and the measurement result of the distance, and by comparing the estimation result of the size to a plurality of preset size candidates, specifies the size of the real object in the real space.

In addition, according to the present disclosure, there is provided an information processing method including: acquiring an image of a real object in a real space captured by a predetermined imaging section, and a measurement result of a distance to the real object by a predetermined distance measuring section; and estimating, by a processor, a size of the real object in the real space on the basis of a size of the real object in the image and the measurement result of the distance, and by comparing the estimation result of the size to a plurality of preset size candidates, specifying the size of the real object in the real space.

In addition, according to the present disclosure, there is provided a recording medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute: acquiring an image of a real object in a real space captured by a predetermined imaging section, and a measurement result of a distance to the real object by a predetermined distance measuring section; and estimating a size of the real object in the real space on the basis of a size of the real object in the image and the measurement result of the distance, and by comparing the estimation result of the size to a plurality of preset size candidates, specifying the size of the real object in the real space.

Advantageous Effects of Invention

According to the present disclosure as described above, there is provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program capable of estimating the size of an object in a real space.

Note that the effects described above are not necessarily limitative. With or in the place of the above effects, there may be achieved any one of the effects described in this specification or other effects that may be grasped from this specification.

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