Qualcomm Patent | Systems and Methods for Improving Content Presentation

Patent: Systems and Methods for Improving Content Presentation

Publication Number: 20190037422

Publication Date: 2019-01-31

Applicants: Qualcomm

Abstract

Systems, methods, and devices of various embodiments may improve content presentation. The systems, methods, and devices may predict a state of a presentation environment to be induced by one or more stimuli in content to be presented to one or more users in the presentation environment. The systems, methods, and devices may predict, based on the predicted state of the presentation environment, a state of at least one communication link of one or more communication links. The systems, methods, and devices may perform an action in response to the predicted state of the at least one communication link meeting one or more criteria. The action may help improve content presentation.

Background

Some technologies require a large amount of data to be transmitted with very low latency. For example, virtual reality (VR) streaming typically includes streaming 360-degree visual content and/or other multimedia content to a head-mounted display (HMD). To provide high data throughput and low latency for virtual reality, some virtual reality systems use a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable physically connected to a user’s head-mounted display. Unfortunately, while users are immersed in the virtual reality presented by such cable-based systems, there is a risk that the cable may contact the users, disrupting the users’ immersive experience, or may trip the users, causing the users to fall and hurt themselves.

Millimeter wave (mmW) wireless communication–which uses a wireless signal that has a wavelength (.lamda.) is 1 to 10 mm in a range of frequency spectrum from 30 to 300 GHz–may advantageously provide high data throughput with low latency, making it a potential solution for virtual reality streaming and/or other technologies. Advantageously, by using a millimeter wave wireless signal, a virtual reality system does not require an obstructive HDMI cable, or the like, connected to a user’s head-mounted display.

Unfortunately, when line of sight between a millimeter wave transmitter and a millimeter wave receiver is obstructed, the millimeter wave wireless signal’s performance degrades. This performance degradation may cause the virtual reality content presented by a user’s head-mounted display to pause and/or skip ahead, disrupting the user’s immersion in the virtual reality and potentially ruining the overall user experience.

Summary

A need therefore exists for systems and methods that eliminate or reduce the disadvantages and problems listed above and/or other disadvantages and problems.

One aspect is a method for improving content presentation. The method may comprise, by a processor, predicting a state of a presentation environment to be induced by one or more stimuli in content to be presented to one or more users in the presentation environment. The method may also comprise predicting, based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content to be presented, a state of at least one communication link of one or more communication links. The method may also comprise performing an action in response to the state of the at least one communication link, which was predicted based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content, meeting one or more criteria.

Another aspect is a system for improving content presentation. The system may comprise a processor configured with processor-executable instructions to perform operations that may comprise predicting a state of a presentation environment to be induced by one or more stimuli in content to be presented to one or more users in the presentation environment. The operations may also comprise predicting, based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content to be presented, a state of at least one communication link of one or more communication links. The operations may also comprise performing an action in response to the state of the at least one communication link, which was predicted based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content, meeting one or more criteria.

Yet another aspect is an apparatus for improving content presentation. The apparatus may comprise means for predicting a state of a presentation environment to be induced by one or more stimuli in content to be presented to one or more users in the presentation environment. The apparatus may comprise means for predicting, based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content to be presented, a state of at least one communication link of one or more communication links. The apparatus may comprise means for performing an action in response to the state of the at least one communication link, which was predicted based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content, meeting one or more criteria.

Still another aspect is a non-transitory processor-readable storage medium having stored thereon processor-executable instructions configured to cause a processor of a server to perform operations that may comprise predicting a state of a presentation environment to be induced by one or more stimuli in content to be presented to one or more users in the presentation environment. The operations may also comprise predicting, based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content to be presented, a state of at least one communication link of one or more communication links. The operations may also comprise performing an action in response to the state of the at least one communication link, which was predicted based on the state of the presentation environment predicted to be induced by the one or more stimuli in the content, meeting one or more criteria.

For purposes of summarizing, some aspects, advantages and features of a few of the embodiments of the invention have been described in this summary. Some embodiments of the invention may include some or all of these summarized aspects, advantages and features. However, not necessarily all of (or any of) these summarized aspects, advantages or features will be embodied in any particular embodiment of the invention. Thus, none of these summarized aspects, advantages and features are essential. Some of these summarized aspects, advantages and features and other aspects, advantages and features may become more fully apparent from the following detailed description and the appended claims.

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