Qualcomm Patent | Human-Body-Gesture-Based Region and Volume Selection for HMD

Patent: Human-Body-Gesture-Based Region and Volume Selection for HMD

Publication Number: 20190025909

Publication Date: 2019-01-24

Applicants: Qualcomm

Abstract

Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for selecting an Augmented Reality (AR) object on a head mounted device (HMD) are presented. In some embodiments, an HMD may define a Region-of-Interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user. Subsequently the HMD may display to the user a shape on the HMD. In at least one arrangement, the shape outlines the ROI. Additionally, the HMD may display to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI. Furthermore, the HMD may reduce the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI. In at least one arrangement, the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects.

Background

Aspects of the disclosure relate to selecting an augmented reality (AR) object on a head mounted display (HMD) using human body gestures.

An HMD can now be developed as a light, affordable device with some degree of computing power either built in or provided by a host device that is connected to the HMD, such as a smartphone.

An HMD can include one or more egocentric cameras mounted on the glass frame. An HMD can also include optical sensors, accelerometers, GPS, gyroscopes, solid state compasses, RFID and wireless sensors. An HMD can have a transparent display area within a user’s field of view in which a user can view both physical objects and virtual objects on the display.

Using the built-in cameras, an HMD can capture images and videos according to user’s input. Conventional methods include a user touching a button on the HMD to capture an image in the user’s field of view.

Summary

Certain embodiments are described that allow a user to select one or more augmented reality (AR) objects on a head mounted display (HMD) without a user physically touching the HMD.

In some embodiments, an HMD may define a region-of-interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user. Subsequently the HMD may display to the user a shape on the HMD. In at least one arrangement, the shape outlines the ROI. Additionally, the HMD may display to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI. Furthermore, the HMD may reduce the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI. In at least one arrangement, the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects. In one or more arrangements, the method for reducing the size of the ROI comprises of moving the user’s hands closer to each other. Additionally, the HMD may disengage the reduced-sized ROI based on a disengagement event. For example, the disengagement event may occurs when the at least one hand of the user is away from the ROI, when at least one finger and thumb of the user are closed together, or when a voice command by the user.

In another arrangement, wherein multiple augmentations are associated with the specific AR object, the HMD may further display to the user a corresponding augmentation from the multiple augmentations associated with the specific AR object based on a second movement of the at least one hand of the user in the direction of the specific AR object.

In another arrangement, the HMD may further capture text inside the reduced-sized ROI; and initialize translation based on the captured text. The HMD can also perform automatic visual recognition and visual search of the ROI or reduced-sized ROI.

In another arrangement, the HMD may use the reduced-sized to narrow a field of view during a video sharing with one or more other user.

In some embodiments, a head mounted device (HMD) for selecting an augmented reality (AR) object may comprise: one or more processors; and memory storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the HMD to: define a region-of-interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user; display to the user a shape on the HMD, wherein the shape outlines the ROI; display to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI; and reduce the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI, wherein the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects.

In some embodiments, one or more computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions for selecting an augmented reality (AR) object on a head mounted device (HMD) that, when executed, may cause one or more computing devices included in a HMD to: define a region-of-interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user; display to the user a shape on the HMD, wherein the shape outlines the ROI; display to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI; and reduce the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI, wherein the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects.

In some embodiments, a head mounted device (HMD) for selecting an Augmented Reality (AR) object may comprise: a means for defining a region-of-interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user; a means for displaying to the user a shape on the HMD, wherein the shape outlines the ROI; means for displaying to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI; and a means for reducing the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI, wherein the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects.

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