Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. (Tokyo, JP)
What is a Patent for Methods and systems for determining the position of a controller relative to an HMD
These systems and methods describe how to determine the movements of a handheld controller (HHC) in relation to a head mounted display (HMD). The camera is situated in lower levels of the HMD for capturing pictures of the HHC. The images of the HHC can be used to determine the position and orientation of HHC by referring to the HMD. The HMD can also be placed and oriented in real-world settings by using the camera or a different camera. The orientation and location of the HMD as well as the position and orientation of the HHC can be used to switch to the state of an app that is executed on the game cloud.
A head-mounted display (HMD) can be utilized to play games. The HMD is attached to the head of the participant. The player holds the DualShock.TM. controller which is used to play the game. The camera is positioned in a space, such as a TV stand where the player is playing the game. The camera captures images of the participant.
It is within this context that the embodiments described in present disclosure arise.
The disclosure described herein describes techniques and systems that can be utilized to measure the movement of a controller with respect to a head mounted display (HMD) using specific embodiments.
One example describes the system that monitors a hand-held device relative to an HMD. The system comprises a hand-held controller, the HMD and a processing device. The HMD can be placed around the neck of the user. Additionally the HMD is able to display multiple images scenes that contain content generated by an application. A camera is situated in the lower part of the HMD. The camera can capture a perspective that faces downwards towards the HMD. The camera can be set to capture multiple pictures of the hand-held controller. The HMD is linked to the processor for receiving a plurality images of the real-world environment and the plurality images from the hand-held control. From the plurality images of the real-world environment the processing device is able determine the position and the movement of HMD in the real-world. Based on the multitude of images taken by the controller processing device, the device is able to determine the hand-held controller’s position relative the HMD. The processing device is capable of altering a state by execution of an application in response to the movements and positions and changes in the location of the controller. In response to changes in state the HMD is able to update the variety of images that are shown through the HMD.
A method is described in an embodiment of tracking a hand-held control unit in relation to an HMD. This method displays a number of images that contain the content generated by an application. The HMD comes with cameras in the lower area. The camera has an image capture view that is directed downwards from the HMD. The method also includes the capture using the camera several images of the hand-held controller with regards to the HMD. The method is based on receiving a variety of images of the real-world surroundings surrounding the HMD and also the numerous images taken by the hand-held controller. From the many images of the real-world environment, the method also includes the determination of the movement and position of the HMD in the real world. The method includes determining a location of the hand-held controller in relation to the HMD from the plurality of images taken by the controller that is hand-held. Modifying the output of a state through execution of the application based on the movement and position and the changes in the position of the HMD is an additional aspect of the method. Modifying the state of the HMD will also mean that the HMD will update the plurality image scenes.
In a particular embodiment of a computer-readable medium that contains program instructions for tracking the hand-held controller in relation to an HMD is explained. Execution of the instructions by one or more processors of the computer system triggers one or more processors to perform a plurality of operations of the procedure described above.
Hand-held controllers (HHC) can be used as a replacement for the camera in the lower portion of the HMD. This is just one of the many benefits of the described systems and methods. The HHC is more likely to not be visible from the camera’s lower region of the HMD. Also the HMD moves alongside the camera. The camera in the lower portion of the HMD captures HHC movement. An outside-in tracking camera like one that is facing towards the HMD is not able to capture HHC motion.
The following detailed description will assist you in understanding other features of the disclosure. It is supported by accompanying drawings which illustrate, for example, the fundamentals of embodiments within the disclosed disclosure.
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