• US 20110063440A1
  • Filed: 09/11/2009
  • Published: 03/17/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/11/2009
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A method for providing video images to a remote viewer using a video communication system, comprising:

  • operating a video communication system, comprising a video communication client in a local environment connected by a communications network to a remote viewing client in a remote viewing environment, wherein the video communication client includes a video capture device, an image display, and a computer having a video analysis component,capturing video images of the local environment using the video capture device during a communication event;

    analyzing the captured video images with the video analysis component to detect ongoing activity within the local environment;

    characterizing the detected activity within the video images with respect to attributes indicative of remote viewer interest;

    determining whether acceptable video images are available, responsive to the characterized activity and defined local user permissions;

    receiving an indication of whether the remote viewing client is engaged or disengaged; and

    transmitting the acceptable video images of the ongoing activity to the remote viewing client if the remote viewing client is engaged, or alternately, if the remote viewing client is disengaged, recording the acceptable video images into a memory and transmitting the recorded video images to the remote viewing client at a later time when an indication is received that the remote viewing client is engaged.

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