Panoramic Interactive System (4 patents)

Panoramic interactive system including coordinated movement of a film record within a viewing head

DATE – 1991
DISCIPLINE – Science
MEDIUM – Patent
STATUS – Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.

Patent number: 5253107
Abstract: An image viewing system is disclosed for viewing images recorded on a film record in a particular known angular relationship. The viewing system comprises a rotatable viewing head for selective viewing of portions of the film record as a function of the angular position of the viewing head. As the viewing head is rotated, the film record is adjusted to reflect a similar angular movement in the scenes of the film record. This arrangement corresponds to the dynamics involved if the user was to actually view the scenes of the film record.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 2, 1991
Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
Inventor: Graham T. Smith

Panoramic Interactive System

DATE – 1991
DISCIPLINE – Science
MEDIUM – Patent
STATUS – Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.

Patent number: 5153716
Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for viewing of a panorama or large portion thereof by selectively displaying a portion thereof on a video display device or other means and in a manner that forces the user to change his own orientation to vary the portion of the panorama viewed. Such a method and apparatus coordinates the user’s normal feedback responses associated with changing orientation to changes in the portion of the panorama viewed. In a preferred embodiment, a simple apparatus for allowing a user or users to view the recorded panorama is disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: July 29, 1991
Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.
Inventor: Graham T. Smith

Panoramic interactive system

DATE – 1990
DISCIPLINE – Science
MEDIUM – Patent number: 5040055
STATUS – Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.

Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for viewing of a panorama or large portion thereof by selectively displaying a portion thereof on a video display device or other means and in a manner that forces the user to change his own orientation to vary the portion of the panorama viewed. Such a method and apparatus coordinates the user’s normal feedback responses associated with changing orientation to changes in the portion of the panorama viewed. In a preferred embodiment, a simple apparatus for allowing a user or users to view the recorded panorama is disclosed.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 22, 1990
Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.
Inventor: Graham T. Smith

Panoramic interactive system

DATE – 1989
DISCIPLINE – Science
MEDIUM – Patent number: 4985762
STATUS – Assignee: Horizonscan Inc.

Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for recording of a panorama or large portion thereof in a manner for display or selective display of a portion thereof on a video display device. The method initially records the panorama in a manner not suitable for video display and thereafter projects the recorded image and records the projection of the panorama in a manner suitable for selective reproduction on a video display device. The method and apparatus are particularly suitable for recording of real time panoramas where the initial recording is time dependent and occurs quickly with sufficient accuracy for effective recording of the panorama, allowing the projecting step and second recording step to be independent of the initial demanding time restraint. Staging the recording of the panorama simplifies the recording and allow specialization of the steps to improve the quality of the final reproduction.
Type: Grant 
Filed: December 11, 1989
Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
Assignee: Horisonscan Inc. 
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Inventor: Graham T. Smith

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