Samsung Patent | Device and Method for Providing Content

Patent: Device and Method for Providing Content

Publication Number: 20190033962

Publication Date: 2019-01-31

Applicants: Samsung

Abstract

A device and a method is provided. The method includes identifying a sight direction of the device based on the movement information. The method also includes identifying an angle formed between a first straight line that starts from a predetermined position on the display and corresponds to the identified sight direction, and a second straight line that starts from the predetermined position and corresponds to a direction according to a movement trajectory obtained from multiple frames. The method further includes determining whether to start an adjusting mode for providing a frame corresponding to the identified sight direction based on the identified angle and a threshold value determined with respect to a field of view of the device. The method additionally includes identifying a first frame and a second frame among the multiple frames. The method also includes displaying the first frame and then display the second frame.

Background

Virtual reality (VR) is created by artificial technology using a computer, etc., and refers to a technology itself or a specific environment which is similar to reality but is not real. The environment or situation created via VR may stimulate a user’s five senses and may allow the user to have spatial and temporal experiences similar to reality. Further, the user may interact with objects implemented in VR by performing control or executing commands by using an actual device, as well as simply being immersed in the VR. VR may be distinguished from a simulation that is unilaterally implemented in that VR enables mutual interaction with a user and creates user experiences.

A user may move while using a VR device, and the VR device may provide VR content reflecting the movement of the user.

Summary

The present disclosure provides a device and a method for providing VR content reflecting a change in a viewing direction according to movement of a user watching the VR content, when the user freely travels or moves.

A device according to an embodiment may include: a display; a positioning sensor configured to measure movement of the device and output movement information related to the measured movement; a memory; and a controller configured to: identify a sight direction of the device based on the movement information; identify an angle formed between a straight line, which starts from a predetermined position on the display and corresponds to the identified sight direction, and a straight line, which starts from the predetermined position and corresponds to a direction according to a movement trajectory obtained from multiple frames stored in the memory; determine to start an adjusting mode for providing a frame corresponding to the identified sight direction based on the identified angle and a threshold value determined with respect to a field of view of the device; in the adjusting mode, identifying a first frame and a second frame among the multiple frames based on the identified sight direction; and control the display to display the first frame and then display the second frame.

A method of a device according to an embodiment includes: identifying a sight direction of the device based on movement information generated by measuring movement of the device; identifying an angle formed between a straight line, which starts from a predetermined position on a display included in the device and corresponds to the identified sight direction, and a straight line, which starts from the predetermined position and corresponds to a direction according to a movement trajectory obtained from multiple frames; determining whether to start an adjusting mode for providing a frame corresponding to the identified sight direction based on the identified angle and a threshold value determined with respect to a field of view of the device; in the adjusting mode, identifying a first frame and a second frame among the multiple frames based on the identified sight direction; and displaying the first frame and then displaying the second frame.

According to the present disclosure, a VR device can provide a user with a frame reflecting a change in a sight direction of the VR device according to the user’s motion or move.

The user may move when using the VR device, and may find an object located on a moving trajectory within a virtual reality content while moving his/her head to the right and left. Further, the user can observe the found object by moving his/her head in several directions, such as tilting his/her head or moving his/her head to the right or left. When the user moves his/her head in several directions, the VR content provides the user with object images corresponding to moving points of view so that the user can observe the object in several directions. The user can also observe a rear view of the object while moving. Accordingly, the VR device can provide a more realistic content and can cause a new level of interest enabling the user to control the VR content, such that the user can subjectively observe the object as in the real world. Even if a visual direction of the VR device is out of a viewing angle of the user, the VR device provides the VR content corresponding to the sight direction. Therefore, a field of view (FOV) that the VR device can provide may be increased.

The VR device identifies movement of the user and provides a frame corresponding to the identified movement. For example, when the user tilts his/her head backward, the VR device can provide a second frame to the user after a first frame, wherein the second frame has been provided at a second point of view that is a point of view preceding as much as the time corresponding to a moving distance created when the user has tilted his/her head backward with respect to the first frame provided to the user at a first point of view.

Further, when the user tilts his/her head forward, the VR device can provide a third frame to the user after the first frame, wherein the third frame is a frame provided at a third point of view that is a point of view preceding as much as the time corresponding to a moving distance created when the user has tilted his/her head forward with respect to the first frame provided to the user at the first point of view. Therefore, the user can see a past view or a future view of the object by tilting his/her head. Such functions enable the VR device to provide the user with VR content having an increased degree of freedom (DOF).

Before undertaking the DETAILED DESCRIPTION below, it may be advantageous to set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used throughout this patent document: the terms “include” and “comprise,” as well as derivatives thereof, mean inclusion without limitation; the term “or,” is inclusive, meaning and/or; the phrases “associated with” and “associated therewith,” as well as derivatives thereof, may mean to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, or the like; and the term “controller” means any device, system or part thereof that controls at least one operation, such a device may be implemented in hardware, firmware or software, or some combination of at least two of the same. It should be noted that the functionality associated with any particular controller may be centralized or distributed, whether locally or remotely.

Moreover, various functions described below can be implemented or supported by one or more computer programs, each of which is formed from computer readable program code and embodied in a computer readable medium. The terms “application” and “program” refer to one or more computer programs, software components, sets of instructions, procedures, functions, objects, classes, instances, related data, or a portion thereof adapted for implementation in a suitable computer readable program code. The phrase “computer readable program code” includes any type of computer code, including source code, object code, and executable code. The phrase “computer readable medium” includes any type of medium capable of being accessed by a computer, such as read only memory (ROM), random access memory (RAM), a hard disk drive, a compact disc (CD), a digital video disc (DVD), or any other type of memory. A “non-transitory” computer readable medium excludes wired, wireless, optical, or other communication links that transport transitory electrical or other signals. A non-transitory computer readable medium includes media where data can be permanently stored and media where data can be stored and later overwritten, such as a rewritable optical disc or an erasable memory device.

Definitions for certain words and phrases are provided throughout this patent document, those of ordinary skill in the art should understand that in many, if not most instances, such definitions apply to prior, as well as future uses of such defined words and phrases.

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