Control of video conferencing system with pointing device

  • US 6,346,962 B1
  • Filed: 02/27/1998
  • Issued: 02/12/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of controlling operations of a video conferencing system, the method comprising the steps of:

  • controlling in real time the operation of a camera which provides video to be displayed through input to a pointing device so as to provide direct control of the motion of the camera through movement of the pointing device, wherein said step of controlling comprises the steps of;

    receiving input from the pointing device corresponding to movement of the pointing device to provide movement data;

    actuating the camera associated with the video conferencing system in a direction indicated by the movement data;

    initiating a timer upon receipt of the movement data; and

    stopping motion of the camera if the timer expires without receiving subsequent movement data.

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