Virtual reality camera

  • US RE43,700 E1
  • Filed: 04/22/2005
  • Issued: 10/02/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/26/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A hand-held camera comprising:

  • a camera housing;

    a camera lens mounted on said camera housing;

    image acquisition circuitry located within said camera housing for acquiring images of fields of view via said camera lens at various orientations of said camera housing;

    at least one user input panel for receiving a user request to select a panoramic or non-panoramic image capture mode; and

    image processing circuitry located within said camera housing;

    responsive to the panoramic image capture mode selection, for at least partially combining each successively acquired image of a field of a view with previously acquired images of fields of view, on an image by image basis in real time, by determining spatial relationships between the images of fields of view, and by mapping the images of fields of view onto regions of a cylindrical surface, based on the spatial relationships.

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