Sony Patent | Information Processing Device, Information Processing Method, And Program

Patent: Information Processing Device, Information Processing Method, And Program

Publication Number: 20200051336

Publication Date: 20200213

Applicants: Sony

Abstract

[Object] To propose an information processing device, information processing method, and program capable of appropriately deciding objects arranged in a virtual space generated on the basis of sensing of a real space. [Solution] An information processing device including: a decision unit that decides, on the basis of a predetermined reference, a shared object arranged in a virtual space that is generated for communication between a first user and a second user on the basis of a sensing result of a first real space including at least one first actual object in relation to the first user and a sensing result of a second real space including at least one second actual object in relation to the second user.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program.

BACKGROUND ART

[0002] In the past, various techniques for generating content on the basis of a result of sensing a real space, for example, for the purpose of generating highly realistic content have been proposed.

[0003] For example, Patent Literature 1 discloses a technique for generating a free viewpoint video on the basis of images captured by a plurality of cameras.

CITATION LIST

Patent Literature

[0004] Patent Literature 1: JP 2005-4487A

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

Technical Problem

[0005] However, according to the technology described in Patent Literature 1, all objects sensed in a real space are displayed in a video image of the free viewpoint. Therefore, objects that are undesirable for display are also displayed in the video image of the free viewpoint.

[0006] Thus, the present disclosure proposes a novel and improved information processing device, information processing method, and program capable of appropriately deciding objects arranged in a virtual space generated on the basis of sensing of a real space.

Solution to Problem

[0007] According to the present disclosure, there is provided an information processing device including: a decision unit that decides, on the basis of a predetermined reference, a shared object arranged in a virtual space that is generated for communication between a first user and a second user on the basis of a sensing result of a first real space including at least one first actual object in relation to the first user and a sensing result of a second real space including at least one second actual object in relation to the second user.

[0008] In addition, according to the present disclosure, there is provided an information processing method including: deciding, by a processor, on the basis of a predetermined reference, a shared object arranged in a virtual space that is generated for communication between a first user and a second user on the basis of a sensing result of a first real space including at least one first actual object in relation to the first user and a sensing result of a second real space including at least one second actual object in relation to the second user.

[0009] In addition, according to the present disclosure, there is provided a program that causes a computer to function as: a decision unit that decides, on the basis of a predetermined reference, a shared object arranged in a virtual space that is generated for communication between a first user and a second user on the basis of a sensing result of a first real space including at least one first actual object in relation to the first user and a sensing result of a second real space including at least one second actual object in relation to the second user.

Advantageous Effects of Invention

[0010] According to the present disclosure, it is possible to appropriately decide objects to be arranged in a virtual space generated on the basis of sensing of a real space as described above. Further, the effect described here is not necessarily limiting, and any effect described in the present disclosure may be included.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0011] FIG. 1 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of an information processing system according to a first embodiment.

[0012] FIG. 2 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a client 20 according to the first embodiment.

[0013] FIG. 3 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of segmentation of objects located in a space 2.

[0014] FIG. 4 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of frame data according to a first embodiment.

[0015] FIG. 5 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of meta information 306 according to the first embodiment.

[0016] FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a generation example of a shared space according to the first embodiment.

[0017] FIG. 7 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a server 10-1 according to the first embodiment.

[0018] FIG. 8 is a functional block diagram illustrating a detailed configuration example of a shared space managing unit 100-1 according to the first embodiment.

[0019] FIG. 9 is an explanatory diagram for describing problems of the first embodiment.

[0020] FIG. 10 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared space synthesizing unit 152 according to the first embodiment.

[0021] FIG. 11 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of priority calculated in relation to each object.

[0022] FIG. 12 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an arrangement example of an object 42 in a shared space.

[0023] FIG. 13 is an explanatory diagram for describing problems of an application example of the first embodiment.

[0024] FIG. 14 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which meta information of a preceding frame is used.

[0025] FIG. 15 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a new object is started.

[0026] FIG. 16 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a new object is started.

[0027] FIG. 17 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a new object is started.

[0028] FIG. 18 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a deletion target object is ended.

[0029] FIG. 19 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a deletion target object is ended.

[0030] FIG. 20 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that display of a deletion target object is ended.

[0031] FIG. 21 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared space managing unit 100-2 according to the second embodiment.

[0032] FIG. 22 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared space management DB 110.

[0033] FIG. 23 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of base space layout information 160.

[0034] FIG. 24 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of a layout policy information DB 162.

[0035] FIG. 25 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of an object management information DB 164.

[0036] FIG. 26 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared object table 180.

[0037] FIG. 27 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of shared object-related information 182.

[0038] FIG. 28A is an explanatory diagram illustrating a part of a generation example of a shared space according to the second embodiment.

[0039] FIG. 28B is an explanatory diagram illustrating a part of a generation example of a shared space according to the second embodiment.

[0040] FIG. 29 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a part of a generation example of a shared space according to the second embodiment.

[0041] FIG. 30 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of a process according to a second embodiment.

[0042] FIG. 31 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of a “base space layout generation process” according to the second embodiment.

[0043] FIG. 32 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of an “object tracking compensation process” according to the second embodiment.

[0044] FIG. 33 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of an “object priority calculation process” according to the second embodiment.

[0045] FIG. 34 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of “object layout processing” according to the second embodiment.

[0046] FIG. 35 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a generation example of an object layout evaluation graph.

[0047] FIG. 36 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of an object layout evaluation graph at a timing when layout processing ends.

[0048] FIG. 37 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of positional relationships among a user 4 in a real space 2, a plurality of actual objects 330, and a plurality of virtual objects 340.

[0049] FIG. 38A is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which content of the free viewpoint is displayed using a rewritten expression in the situation illustrated in FIG. 37.

[0050] FIG. 38B is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which content of the free viewpoint is displayed using a blocked expression in the situation illustrated in FIG. 37.

[0051] FIG. 39 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a real space A and a real space B that are participating in a shared space.

[0052] FIG. 40 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which content of the free viewpoint is caused to be displayed using a blocked expression within a predetermined range from a user 4a and using a rewritten expression outside the predetermined range from the user 4a.

[0053] FIG. 41 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which display indicating an actual object as a target of a blocked expression is caused to be displayed in a superimposed manner on content of the free viewpoint.

[0054] FIG. 42 is a diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared space management DB 110 according to a second application example of the second embodiment.

[0055] FIG. 43 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of a setting information DB 112 according to the second application example.

[0056] FIG. 44 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which a user 4a in a real space 2a issues an invitation message for promoting space sharing to a user 4b in a real space 2b.

[0057] FIG. 45 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of a table 360 for managing a state in which users in a real space have gathered in a base space, for each real space.

[0058] FIG. 46 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that a base space is switched according to the second application example.

[0059] FIG. 47 is a diagram illustrating an example of an animation illustrating that a base space is switched according to the second application example.

[0060] FIG. 48 is a flowchart illustrating a part of a flow of a process when the space sharing is started (an example in which setting information when the space sharing is started is used) according to the second application example.

[0061] FIG. 49 is a flowchart illustrating a part of a flow of a process when the space sharing is started (an example in which setting information when the space sharing is started is used) according to the second application example.

[0062] FIG. 50 is a flowchart illustrating a part of a flow of a process when the space sharing is started (an example in which an invitation UI is used) according to the second application example.

[0063] FIG. 51 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of “a process at the time of additional participation in a shared space” according to the second application example.

[0064] FIG. 52 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing performed by a stream generating unit 130 according to a third embodiment.

[0065] FIG. 53 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing performed by a control information transmitting unit 122 according to the third embodiment.

[0066] FIG. 54 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing performed by a stream generating unit 226 according to the third embodiment.

[0067] FIG. 55 is a flowchart illustrating an example of processing performed by a recognizing unit 224 according to a third embodiment.

[0068] FIG. 56 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of base space layout information 160 according to a fourth embodiment.

[0069] FIG. 57 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of a base space layout according to the fourth embodiment.

[0070] FIG. 58 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of an information processing system according to a fourth embodiment.

[0071] FIG. 59 is a functional block diagram illustrating configuration examples of a free viewpoint video image content server 50 and a free viewpoint live content server 52.

[0072] FIG. 60 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a base space layout server 54.

[0073] FIG. 61 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of a shared space managing unit 100-4 according to the fourth embodiment.

[0074] FIG. 62 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which a base space layout editor is used according to a fifth embodiment.

[0075] FIG. 63 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which a base space layout editor is used according to a fifth embodiment.

[0076] FIG. 64 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of an input unit 22 according to a sixth embodiment.

[0077] FIG. 65 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example in which a display availability setting editor is used according to the sixth embodiment.

[0078] FIG. 66 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a synthesis example of two spaces according to a seventh embodiment.

[0079] FIG. 67 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a synthesis example of two spaces according to a seventh embodiment.

[0080] FIG. 68 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of designation of a positional relationship at the time of space synthesis using a finger pointing gesture.

[0081] FIG. 69 is an explanatory diagram illustrating an example of designation of a positional relationship at the time of space synthesis using a hand shaking gesture.

[0082] FIG. 70 is a flowchart illustrating a flow of a process according to a seventh embodiment.

[0083] FIG. 71 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a hardware configuration of a server 10 that is common in the respective embodiments.

DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

[0084] Hereinafter, (a) preferred embodiment(s) of the present disclosure will be described in detail with reference to the appended drawings. Note that, in this specification and the appended drawings, structural elements that have substantially the same function and structure are denoted with the same reference numerals, and repeated explanation of these structural elements is omitted.

[0085] Further, in this specification and the drawings, a plurality of constituent elements having substantially the same functional configuration is also distinguished by attaching different letters after the same reference numerals. For example, a plurality of components having substantially the same functional configuration is distinguished like an input unit 22a and an input unit 22b if necessary. Here, in a case in which it is not necessary to particularly distinguish each of a plurality of constituent elements having substantially the same functional configuration, only the same reference numerals is attached. For example, in a case in which it is not necessary to particularly distinguish the input unit 22a and the input unit 22b from each other, they are simply referred to as an input unit 22.

[0086] Further, “modes for carrying out the invention” will be described in accordance with the order of items below.

1.* First Embodiment*

2.* Second Embodiment*

3.* Third Embodiment*

4.* Fourth Embodiment*

5.* Fifth Embodiment*

6.* Sixth Embodiment*

7.* Seventh Embodiment*

[0087] 8. Hardware configuration 9.* Modified example*

[0088] Note that servers 10-1 to 10-7 according to the first to seventh embodiments may collectively be referred to as a server 10 in the specification and the drawings.

1.* First Embodiment*

1-1.* Configuration of Information Processing System*

1-1-1.* Outline*

[0089] First, a first embodiment will be described. FIG. 1 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of an information processing system according to a first embodiment. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the information processing system according to the first embodiment includes a server 10-1, a plurality of clients 20, and a communication network 26. Also, each client 20 has an input unit 22 and an output unit 24.

[0090] As illustrated in FIG. 1, in the first embodiment, it is assumed that a plurality of real spaces 2 are defined in advance, and a client 20 is arranged in each of the plurality of real spaces 2. Here, the real spaces 2 may be rooms (for example, a living room or a conference room) or corridors in a facility such as a house, a shop, an office building, a station, or a leisure facility. Further, although FIG. 1 illustrates an example in which two real spaces 2 are installed, the present disclosure is not limited to this example, and three or more real spaces may be installed. Here, each real space can include at least one actual object. Also, each real space can be associated with at least one mutually different user. For example, one or more users are present in each real space. However, the disclosure is not limited to such an example, and there may be a real space in which no user is present.

[0091] Further, the server 10-1 and each client 20 are connected via the communication network 26 and can perform transmission and reception of data.

[0092] Incidentally, in a situation in which the users located in the different real spaces 2 communicate, it is possible to realize smoother communication by showing real things to the other user while talking. For example, in a situation in which the user describes a product, if the user explains it while showing the product itself or a model of the product to the other user, it is easy for the other user to understand it.

[0093] Further, depending on a communication situation, it may be desirable to show the other user an object located away from the user (such as an object that becomes a topic between the users performing communication) in addition to an object located near the user. In this regard, the server 10-1 generates content of a free viewpoint by synthesizing 3D data of substantially all of each real space 2 in which each user performing communication is located. Further, the respective users can freely communicate while having an experience as if they were located within the same space by viewing the content of the free viewpoint at the same time. Hereinafter, details of the clients 20 and the server 10-1 will be more specifically described.

1-1-2. Input Unit 22

[0094] The input unit 22 senses a real space in which the input unit 22 is arranged. For example, the input unit 22 senses the real space, thereby acquiring 3D data of each object (body) in the real space as a sensing result. Then, the input unit 22 transmits the acquired sensing result to the server 10-1. Note that the sensing result can include sensed data or signals obtained through the sensing.

[0095] FIG. 2 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of the client 20 (the input unit 22 and the output unit 24). As illustrated in FIG. 2, the input unit 22 has a sensor unit 220, a control information receiving unit 222, a recognizing unit 224, a stream generating unit 226, and a transmitting unit 228.

1-1-2-1. Sensor Unit 220

[0096] The sensor unit 220 senses various kinds of information such as 3D data in the real space in which the sensor unit 220 is arranged. For example, the sensor unit 220 may include a plurality of depth cameras and a plurality of RGB cameras. Further, as each of a plurality of depth cameras detects distance information to an object located in front of the depth camera, the sensor unit 220 can acquire 3D data of substantially all of the real space. Further, each of the plurality of RGB cameras can acquire a 2D image by imaging. Here, a format of 3D data may be any format such as a point cloud or a 3D mesh (polygon), for example. Further, the plurality of cameras included in the sensor unit 220 are connected to each other, and frame synchronization can be performed.

[0097]* Segmentation Process*

[0098] For example, the sensor unit 220 first generates point cloud data in units of frames, and performs an object segmentation process on the basis of the generated point cloud data. In addition, the sensor unit 220 specifies, in relation to each separated object, information regarding a region that the object occupies in a real space 2 in which the sensor unit 220 is arranged. Further, the sensor unit 220 assigns an object ID to each object. Here, the object IDs are IDs uniquely identifying each object.

[0099] Here, the above content will be described in further detail with reference to FIG. 3. As illustrated in FIG. 3, for example, a sensor unit 220a in a real space 2a segments an object 42a and an object 42b, sets “1” as an object ID of the object 42a, and sets “2” as an object ID of the object 42b. Similarly, as illustrated in FIG. 3, a sensor unit 220b in a real space 2b segments an object 42c and an object 42d, sets “1” as an object ID of the object 42c, and sets “2” as an object ID of the object 42d.

[0100]* Modeling Process*

[0101] Further, the sensor unit 220 can perform a modeling process on each of the segmented objects and generate a 3D mesh.

[0102] Further, the sensor unit 220 further generates 2D image correlation information indicating a correspondence relation between each object and a 2D image captured by the sensor unit 220. Here, the 2D image correlation information is information indicating a position in the captured 2D image corresponding to each object.

[0103] Further, the sensor unit 220 can perform a tracking process of each object on the basis of a feature quantity of each segmented object or the like. Further, the sensor unit 220 does not change the object ID assigned to the object for the object determined to be identical between consecutive frames.

[0104] Further, the sensor unit 220 may further include one or more microphones. Further, the sensor unit 220 can collect sound in the real space.

[0105]* Output*

[0106] Also, the sensor unit 220 outputs a sensing result for each frame. For example, the sensor unit 220 outputs a captured 2D image, acquired 3D data of each object, and frame data including 2D image correlation information for each frame. Note that the frame data may further include collected sound data.

[0107] Further, the sensor unit 220 may be constituted by a single device (for example, a camera and the like) or may be constituted by a plurality of devices. Further, in a case in which it is constituted by a plurality of devices, data (3D data or the like) sensed by the plurality of devices can be synthesized, for example, with a high degree of accuracy by calibration, a frame synchronization process, or the like.

1-1-2-2. Control Information Receiving Unit 222

[0108] The control information receiving unit 222 receives the first control information from the server 10-1. Further, the control information receiving unit 222 transmits the received first control information to the recognizing unit 224 and the stream generating unit 226. Here, the first control information may include, for example, information of an instruction related to a recognition process by the recognizing unit 224 to be described later or information of an instruction related to stream generation by a stream generating unit 226 to be described later.

1-1-2-3. Recognizing Unit 224

[0109]* Recognition*

[0110] The recognizing unit 224 performs various types of recognition processes on the basis of the frame data transmitted from the sensor unit 220. For example, the recognizing unit 224 may perform the recognition process on the basis of the 3D data included in the frame data or may perform the recognition process on the basis of the 2D image included in the frame data.

[0111] For example, the recognizing unit 224 recognizes the type of the object on the basis of the frame data. Further, the recognizing unit 224 further performs face recognition, bone recognition, and finger recognition for an object determined as a person. Further, the recognizing unit 224 can recognize a manipulation performed by the user for starting the use of the content of the free viewpoint (generated by the server 10) or a manipulation performed by the user for ending the use of the content of the free viewpoint. Further, specific content of such manipulations will be described later.

[0112] Further, in a case in which the first control information is transmitted from the control information receiving unit 222, the recognizing unit 224 can also perform the recognition process in accordance with the first control information.

[0113]* Output*

[0114] Further, the recognizing unit 224 adds the result of the recognition process to the transmitted frame data, and transmits the resulting frame data to the stream generating unit 226. For example, the recognizing unit 224 first generates meta information, bone recognition information, and finger recognition information on the basis of, for example, the result of the recognition process for an object determined as a person. Then, the recognizing unit 224 adds this information to the transmitted frame data.

[0115] FIG. 4 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example (frame data 30) of frame data. As illustrated in FIG. 4, the frame data 30 has a 2D camera image 300, a 3D object 302, an audio data 304, meta information 306, bone recognition information 308, and hand and finger recognition information 310, for example. Here, a 2D image of a corresponding frame captured by the sensor unit 220 is stored as the 2D camera image 300. Also, 3D data of each object specified in the corresponding frame is stored as the 3D object 302 on the basis of imaging using the sensor unit 220. For example, the 3D object 302 has an object ID, a point (a position and a color) of the object, and information regarding a plane of the object for each object. Further, the 3D object 302 has 2D image correlation information. Note that the 3D object described here may be considered as not including a planar object that cannot move from a real space, such as a floor or a wall.

[0116] Also, sound data at the time of the corresponding frame that is recorded by the sensor unit 220 is stored as the audio data 304. In addition, a result of bone recognition related to each object that has been recognized by a recognizing unit 224, for example, is stored as the bone recognition information 308. For example, an object ID of an object that has a bone, a type of the object, information regarding a region of the bone, and the like are stored as the bone recognition information 308 for each recognized bone. In addition, a result of recognizing a hand or a finger related to each object that has been recognized by the recognizing unit 224, for example, is stored as the hand and finger recognition information 310. For example, an object ID of an object (such as a person) that has the hand or the finger, a type of the object, information regarding a region of the hand or the finger, and the like are stored as the hand and finger recognition information 310 for each recognized hand or finger.

[0117] In addition, the meta information 306 is information (attributes, for example) related to each object stored in the 3D object 302. FIG. 5 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a configuration example of meta information 306. As illustrated in FIG. 5, the meta information 306 includes an object ID 3060, a region 3064, a type 3066, an original space 3068, a person 3070, contact information 3072, and neighbor information 3074, for example. Here, an object ID assigned to a corresponding object is stored as the object ID 3060. Also, information regarding a region in which the corresponding object is located is stored as the region 3064. Also, information regarding a type of the corresponding object recognized in advance is stored as the type 3066. In addition, identification information of the corresponding real space is recorded as the original space 3068. Also, identification information (such as a name) of a corresponding person specified through face recognition or the like in advance is stored as the person 3070 in a case in which the corresponding object is a person. Also, information (an object ID or the like, for example) of an object recognized as being in contact with a corresponding object in the corresponding real space is stored as the contact information 3072. Also, information (an object ID or the like, for example) of an object recognized as being located near a corresponding object in the corresponding real space is stored as the contact information 3074.

1-1-2-4. Stream Generating Unit 226

[0118] The stream generating unit 226 generates a stream on the basis of the frame data transmitted from the recognizing unit 224. Then, the stream generating unit 226 transmits the generated stream to the transmitting unit 228. For example, the stream generating unit 226 may first generate one stream by multiplexing various types of information transmitted from the recognizing unit 224, and transmit the one stream to the transmitting unit 228. Alternatively, the stream generating unit 226 may generate separate streams from various types of information transmitted from the recognizing unit 224 and transmit each generated stream to the transmitting unit 228.

[0119] Further, in a case in which the first control information is transmitted from the control information receiving unit 222, the stream generating unit 226 may extract some information designated by the first control information from the information transmitted from the recognizing unit 224 and generate a stream including only the extracted information. Further, the stream generating unit 226 may transmit the stream to the transmitting unit 228.

1-1-2-5. Transmitting Unit 228

[0120] The transmitting unit 228 transmits the stream transmitted from the stream generating unit 226 to the server 10-1.

1-1-3. Server 10-1

[0121] The server 10-1 is an example of the information processing device according to the present disclosure. The server 10-1 can generate a (virtual) shared space for communication between a user 4a and a user 4b on the basis of a sensing result of a real space 2a in which the user 4a is located and a sensing result of a real space 2b in which the user 4b is located. Here, the real space 2a is an example of the first real space according to the present disclosure, and the real space 2b is an example of the second real space according to the present disclosure. For example, the server 10-1 can generate the shared space on the basis of a stream (that is, the sensing results of the real spaces 2) received from each of input units 22 of the plurality of real spaces 2. In one example, the server 10-1 generates a shared space by synthesizing the stream received from each of the input units 22 in the real spaces 2.

[0122] Also, the server 10-1 can arrange at least one or more of a first virtual object corresponding to the first actual object in the real space 2a and a second virtual object corresponding to the second actual object in the real space 2b as shared objects in the shared space.

[0123] FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a generation example of the shared space. As illustrated in FIG. 6, for example, a shared space generating unit 102 generates a shared space 40 by arranging the 3D data of the object 42a and the object 42b included in the stream received from the input unit 22 of the real space 2a and the real space 2b and the 3D data of the object 42c and the object 42d included in the stream received from the input unit 22 of the input unit 22 in the shared space 40 as shared objects.

[0124] Further, the server 10-1 generates the content of the free viewpoint on the basis of the generated shared space, and then transmits the content to the output unit 24 of each real space 2.

[0125] FIG. 7 is a functional block diagram illustrating a configuration example of the server 10-1. As illustrated in FIG. 7, the server 10-1 has a shared space managing unit 100-1 and a plurality of client connecting units 120. Further, one client connecting unit 120 may be installed for each client 20 that is placed. Further, a pair (client relation) of the client connecting unit 120 and the client 20 may be defined in advance.

1-1-3-1. Client Connecting Unit 120

[0126] The client connecting unit 120 transmits information transmitted from the shared space managing unit 100-1 to the client 20 of the connection destination. Further, the client connecting unit 120 transmits information received from the client 20 of the connection destination to the shared space managing unit 100-1.

[0127] Further, as illustrated in FIG. 7, each client connecting unit 120 includes a control information transmitting unit 122, a stream separating unit 124, a receiving unit 126, a control information receiving unit 128, a stream generating unit 130, and a transmitting unit 132.

1-1-3-2. Receiving Unit 126

[0128] A receiving unit 126 receives a stream from an input unit 22 as a connection destination. In addition, the receiving unit 126 delivers the received stream to a stream separating unit 124.

1-1-3-3. Stream Separating Unit 124

[0129] For example, the stream separating unit 124 demultiplexes the stream transmitted from the receiving unit 126 and separates the stream into 3D data and meta information in units of frames. Then, the stream separating unit 124 transmits the separated 3D data and meta information to the shared space generating unit 102 described later.

1-1-3-4. Control Information Transmitting Unit 122

[0130] The control information transmitting unit 122 transmits the first control information to the client 20 (the input unit 22) of the connection destination on the basis of an instruction of the shared space generating unit 102. For example, the control information transmitting unit 122 generates information related to desired 3D data or meta information decided by the shared space generating unit 102 as the first control information, and transmits the first control information to the input unit 22. Accordingly, it is possible to curtail use of the network band and to reduce the recognition process on the client 20 side.

[0131] For example, in a case in which it is decided that the shared space generating unit 102 does not use a part of 3D data of a specific real space, the control information transmitting unit 122 includes content of the decision in the first control information, generates the first control information, and transmits the first control information to the input unit 22 of the real space. Accordingly, the input unit 22 of the transmission destination can perform control such that the data is not transmitted to the server 10-1.

1-1-3-5. Control Information Receiving Unit 128

[0132] The control information receiving unit 128 receives the second control information from the output unit 24 of the connection destination. Further, the control information receiving unit 128 transmits the received second control information to the shared space generating unit 102 and the stream generating unit 130. Here, the second control information may include information such as a detection result of a position or a posture of a display unit 246 (of output unit 24) to be described later.

1-1-3-6. Stream Generating Unit 130

[0133] The stream generating unit 130 generates a stream for the client 20 of the connection destination on the basis of shared space frame data generated by the shared space generating unit 102. Here, the shared space frame data may be data of one frame of the content of the free viewpoint related to the shared space. For example, the shared space frame data includes 3D data and meta information of each object in the shared space.

[0134] For example, the stream generating unit 130 generates the stream by multiplexing the 3D data, the meta information, and the like of the generated shared space. Further, in a case in which the second control information is transmitted from the control information receiving unit 128, the stream generating unit 130 can also generate the stream on the basis of the second control information. For example, the stream generating unit 130 generates the stream by excluding 3D data unnecessary for display indicated by the second control information from a stream to be generated or performing a process of lowering image quality or the like.

[0135] Further, the stream generating unit 130 transmits the generated stream to the transmitting unit 132.

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