Wearable computer with superimposed controls and instructions for external device

  • US 9,678,654 B2
  • Filed: 12/19/2014
  • Issued: 06/13/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/21/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • determining, at a server network, that a remotely controllable target device is within an environment of a wearable computing device comprising a head-mounted display (HMD), wherein determining that the remotely controllable target device is within the environment of the wearable computing device comprises recognizing an optical identification on the remotely controllable target device;

    obtaining, from the server network, target device information related to the remotely controllable target device, wherein the target device information defines a virtual control interface for controlling the remotely controllable target device;

    while the HMD is oriented such that at least a portion of the remotely controllable target device is within a field of view of the HMD, controlling the HMD to display the virtual control interface as an image superimposed over the corresponding portion of the remotely controllable target device within the field of view;

    while the HMD is oriented such that the remotely controllable target device is not within a field of view of the HMD, controlling the HMD to display the virtual control interface as an image within the field of view;

    recognizing an interaction with the virtual control interface;

    recognizing a control instruction for the remotely controllable target device based on the recognized interaction; and

    transmitting the recognized control instruction from the wearable computing device to the server network for transmission to the remotely controllable target device.

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