Rovi Builds Holographic Program Guide

Rovi Corp. has developed an interactive program guide what could allow viewers to channel surf by swiping, pinching and tossing holograms displayed in their living rooms.

Illinois-based designers Vanessa Wickenkamp, Amanda Mallardo, Andy Dustin, William Korbecki, Doublas Seyller and James Cornell are named as inventors on the patent application, titled, “Methods And Systems For Sharing Holographic Content.” It was filed by Rovi subsidiary United Video Properties Inc. in February 2014.

Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that presents holographic media content using a holographic interface and monitors the user and/or area about the holographic interface for user interactions that may cause the media guidance application to execute a media guidance function such as instructing another holographic interface to generate for display a portion of the holographic media content.

Patent Application

Claims: 

1. A method for sharing content between a plurality of users, the method comprising: generating for display holographic media content at a first holographic interface; detecting a first user interaction at the first holographic interface associated with a portion of the holographic media content; determining a trajectory associated with the first user interaction; identifying a second holographic interface associated with the trajectory; and in response to identifying the second holographic interface associated with the trajectory, instructing the second holographic interface to generate for display the portion of the holographic media content.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising selecting the portion of the holographic media content based on a user input defining geometric bounds of the portion of the holographic media content as displayed at the first holographic interface.

3. The method of claim 1, further comprising selecting the portion of the holographic media content in response to determining a user is focusing on the portion of the holographic media content.

4. The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining a direction associated with the trajectory; determining a distance associated with the trajectory; and searching for holographic interfaces at the determined direction and determined distance.

5. The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining a speed associated with the first user interaction; cross-referencing the speed with a database associated with projected distances corresponding to different speeds of user interactions to determine a projected distance associated with the speed; and selecting the second holographic interface in response to determining an actual distance between the first holographic interface and the second holographic interface corresponds to the projected distance associated with the speed.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the trajectory associated with the first user interaction is based on movements associated with a hand of a user within a predetermined proximity to the first holographic interface.

7. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving a user input identifying a user authorized to view the portion of the holographic media content; and determining the second holographic interface is associated with the user authorized to view the portion of the holographic media content.

8. The method of claim 1, further comprising modifying how the portion of the holographic media content at the second holographic interface is perceived by a user associated with the second holographic interface based on a display setting corresponding to the user.

9. The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining a plurality of acceptable user interactions associated with the first holographic interface; and processing the first user interaction in response to determining that the first user interaction corresponds to one of the plurality of acceptable user interactions.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the first holographic interface includes an optical user device.

11. A system for sharing content between a plurality of users, the system comprising: first holographic interface circuitry configured to generate for display holographic media content at a first holographic interface; and control circuitry configured to: detect a first user interaction at the first holographic interface associated with a portion of the holographic media content; determine a trajectory associated with the first user interaction; identify a second holographic interface associated with the trajectory; and instruct second holographic interface circuitry, associated with the second holographic interface, to generate for display the portion of the holographic media content in response to identifying the second holographic interface associated with the trajectory.

12. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to select the portion of the holographic media content based on a user input defining geometric bounds of the portion of the holographic media content as displayed at the first holographic interface.

13. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to select the portion of the holographic media content in response to determining a user is focusing on the portion of the holographic media content.

14. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to: determine a direction associated with the trajectory; determine a distance associated with the trajectory; and search for holographic interfaces at the determined direction and determined distance.

15. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to: determine a speed associated with the first user interaction; cross-reference the speed with a database associated with projected distances corresponding to different speeds of user interactions to determine a projected distance associated with the speed; and select the second holographic interface in response to determining an actual distance between the first holographic interface and the second holographic interface corresponds to the projected distance associated with the speed.

16. The system of claim 11, wherein the trajectory associated with the first user interaction is based on movements associated with a hand of a user within a predetermined proximity to the first holographic interface.

17. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to: receive a user input identifying a user authorized to view the portion of the holographic media content; and determine the second holographic interface is associated with the user authorized to view the portion of the holographic media content.

18. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to instruct the second holographic interface circuitry, associated with the second holographic interface, to modify how the portion of the holographic media content at the second holographic interface is perceived by a user associated with the second holographic interface based on a display setting corresponding to the user.

19. The system of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry is further configured to: determine a plurality of acceptable user interactions associated with the first holographic interface; and process the first user interaction in response to determining that the first user interaction corresponds to one of the plurality of acceptable user interactions.

20. The system of claim 11, wherein the first holographic interface includes an optical user device.

21-50. (canceled)