Method and device for pictorial representation of space-related data

DC CAFC
  • US RE44,550 E1
  • Filed: 02/21/2013
  • Issued: 10/22/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of providing a pictorial representation of space-related data of a selectable object, the representation corresponding to the a view of the object by an observer with a selectable location and a selectable direction of view comprising:

  • (a) providing a plurality of spatially distributed data sources for storing space-related data;

    (b) determining a field of view including the an area of the object to be represented through the a selection of the a distance of the observer to the object and the an angle of view of the observer to the object;

    (c) requesting data for the field of view from at least one of the plurality of spatially distributed data sources;

    (d) centrally storing the data for the field of view;

    (e) representing the data for the field of view in a pictorial representation having one or more sections;

    (f) using a computer, dividing each of the one or more sections having image resolutions below a desired image resolution into a plurality of smaller sections, requesting higher resolution space related space-related data for each of the smaller sections from at least one of the plurality of spatially distributed data sources, centrally storing the higher resolution space related space-related data, and representing the data for the field of view in a the pictorial representation; and

    (g) repeating step (f), dividing the sections into smaller sections, until every section has the desired image resolution or no higher image resolution data is available.

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