All Hands on the Microsoft Holodeck: A Look at Some of the Hololens Patents

I’ve written about some of the patents involved in Google’s Project Glass in the past, and very recently about the Google Ventures’ funded Magic Leap. Project Glass still exists, but it appears to now have new leadership and a new direction.

A heads Up Display from Microsoft
From “Exercising applications for personal audio/visual system” US8847988 B2

And then seemingly out of nowhere Microsoft announces a pair of goggles that they’ve been developing secretly, named the Hololens. And they’ve been feeding news sources some interesting information about them, like the article at Wired titled, “Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles“. Continue reading “All Hands on the Microsoft Holodeck: A Look at Some of the Hololens Patents”

Magic Leap and Their Augmented Reality Semantic Robots

The temptation was to write this blog post mostly in pictures since it’s about visual representations of things, based sometimes on a combination of objects that were understood using object recognition, and virtual semantic images superimposed on those learned of from a knowledge base.

Google Ventures and a couple of partners funded the company Magic Leap with a substantial amount of money ($542 million), and Magic Leap responded with a new 180 page patent application that shows how it might create a “Cinematic Reality” in the world around us.

With a 180 page long patent, there are a lot of images that go with it, so I’m going to mostly use pictures from the patent, Planar Waveguide Apparatus With Defraction Element(s) and System Employing Same for the rest of this post. Note that at least one of the pictures has a semantic element to it, which is pretty interesting, and there are mentions of the Semantic Web, like this one:

[0018] In another aspect, a method of recognizing objects is disclosed. The method comprises capturing an image of a field of view of a user, extracting a set of map points based on the captured image, recognizing an object based on the extracted set of map points, retrieving semantic data associated with the recognized objects and attaching the semantic data to data associated with the recognized object and inserting the recognized object data attached with the semantic data to a virtual world model such that virtual content is placed in relation to the recognized object.

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Featured Snippets: Extracting Text from Pages Citations

This is the last post in a series about Google’s International patent application Natural Language Search Results for Intent Queries.

This section was inspired by the citations list at the end of a paper used by the listed inventors as a provisional patent, that preceded that patent. The paper was Scalable Attribute-Value Extraction from Semi-Structured Text (pdf).

I sometimes like to start looking through the documents I see listed as citations or footnotes in a paper I find interesting, As I started looking at the documents in that paper, I found many of them to be very interesting.

And then an idea struck me.

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Featured Snippets: Extracting Answers from Web Pages

I’ve been writing recently about a patent from Google on Featured Snippets, and how Google might take those from authoritative sources, using an intent template process (“what are the symptoms for [measles, flu, athlete’s foot,ebola]”) to include many direct answer responses to natural language queries, while also showing keyword-based search results.

The patent doesn’t tell us about how such natural language featured Snippets are chosen by the search engine, but the following document, which shares the same authors as the inventors of the patent, and which was filed by them as a provisional patent, does give us some ideas on how those are found on the web.

We know that Google is looking for responses from pages that they consider to be “authoritative” pages.

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Lighting a Sign In Carlsbad

I am on the first week of my move from Northern Virginia to Carlsbad California, and I got to witness a historical local event last night. A sign was installed along a highway that goes along the Pacific Coast and through towns as it winds through the way. It’s something of a replica of a sign naming the Village of Carlsbad that was around approximately 100 years ago.

Last night, the town celebrated the lighting of the new sign, for the first time.

Seeing all the people who showed up for the lighting of the sign was my first chance to see the local community in action, and they were a lot of fun, with the whimsy of this new sign taking center stage.

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