Microsoft Patent | Math operations in mixed or virtual reality

Patent: Math operations in mixed or virtual reality

Publication Number: 10192363

Publication Date: 2019-01-29

Applicants: Microsoft

Abstract

Techniques described herein include graphically representing mathematical functions or operators in a mixed or virtual reality display device. The graphical representations may be moved around in a virtual reality space that includes displayed source material, such as data. If the graphical representations are located along a line of sight from a virtual location of a user of the mixed or virtual reality display device to the displayed source data, then the mathematical functions or operators represented by the graphical representations are applied to the displayed source data. Results may be displayed on the graphical representation virtually located closest to the virtual location of the user. Techniques described herein allow for simultaneous collaboration among mixed or virtual reality display devices of multiple users interacting with the graphical representations in the virtual reality space.

Background

Computing systems can help generate new environments including virtual reality environments and/or mixed reality environments. Virtual reality is an immersive experience, which simulates physical presence in a real or imagined environment. For example, a virtual reality environment can immerse a physical, real-world person with computer-generated graphics in a computer-generated, virtual scene via a virtual reality display device. Mixed reality, which can also be known as augmented reality, is a hybrid reality experience, which merges real worlds and virtual worlds. Mixed reality is a technology that produces mixed reality environments where a physical, real-world person and/or objects in physical, real-world scenes co-exist with virtual, computer-generated people and/or objects in real time. For example, a mixed reality environment can augment a physical, real-world scene and/or a physical, real-world person with computer-generated graphics in the physical, real-world scene viewed via a mixed reality display device.

Co-located and/or remotely located users can communicate via virtual reality or mixed reality technologies. Various additional and/or alternative technologies are available to enable remotely located users to communicate with one another. For instance, remotely located users can communicate via visual communication service providers that leverage online video chat, online voice calls, online video conferencing, remote desktop sharing, etc.

Summary

Techniques described herein include graphically representing mathematical functions or operators in a mixed reality display device. The graphical representations may be moved around in a virtual reality space that includes displayed source material, such as data. If the graphical representations are located along a line of sight from a virtual location of a user of the mixed reality display device to the displayed source data, then the mathematical functions or operators represented by the graphical representations are applied to the displayed source data. Results may be displayed on the graphical representation virtually located closest to the virtual location of the user. Techniques described herein allow for simultaneous collaboration among mixed reality display devices of multiple users interacting with the graphical representations in the virtual reality space.

It should be appreciated that the above-described subject matter can be implemented as a computer-controlled apparatus, a computer process, a computing system, or as an article of manufacture such as a computer-readable storage medium. These and various other features will be apparent from a reading of the following Detailed Description and a review of the associated drawings.

This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of techniques in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended that this Summary be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter. Furthermore, the claimed subject matter is not limited to implementations that solve any or all disadvantages noted in any part of this disclosure.

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