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Title: US5325473: Apparatus and method for projection upon a three-dimensional object
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Monroe, Marshall M.; Glendale, CA
Redmann, Willian G.; Moorpark, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1994-06-28 / 1991-10-11

Application Number: US1991000776075

IPC Code: Advanced: G03B 21/00; G03B 33/00; G03B 35/18; G06F 3/041; G06T 17/00;
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IPC-7: G06F 15/00;

ECLA Code: G03B21/00; G06T17/00;

U.S. Class: Current: 345/581; 345/007; 345/473; 348/761; 715/751;
Original: 395/129; 395/161; 348/761; 345/007; 345/122;

Field of Search: 395/125,129,130,131,152,155,161 358/060,61 340/701,703,702,705,706

Priority Number:
1991-10-11  US1991000776075

Abstract: A projection apparatus and method for vivid and realistic projection is disclosed, with applications to amusement and optical engineering. Contemplated applications of the invention also include video shopping applications and cosmetic applications. Graphics data is entered into a user interface and is processed to generate an output representing an image to be projected onto a three-dimensional object. This output controls a light filter, such as a plurality of optically superposed color composite liquid crystal panels, to selectively filter projected light so that an image having a desired appearance is projected upon the object. The projected image may be interactively modified and it may also be stored in memory and projected as part of an image sequence so as to create apparent motion in the object.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Zimmerman, Mark K.;

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Designated Country: DE ES FR GB IT  EP JP 

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First Claim:
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I claim:     1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
  • a contoured, three-dimensional object;
  • a projector that projects a visual image upon said contoured, three-dimensional object so as to thereby impart visual attributes to said contoured, three-dimensional object;
  • interface means including a user interface and a simplified guest interface for receiving data from a user, via said user interface, that define an artwork file including parameters of graphics information that is to be projected onto the contoured, three-dimensional object, for receiving data from a guest, via said simplified guest interface, representative of a location upon said contoured, three-dimensional object and graphic information to be projected upon said contoured, three-dimensional object at said location, and for thereby generating and modifying said visual image to impart said visual attributes to desired locations of said contoured, three-dimensional object; and,
  • data processing means for generating, in response to data received by said interface means, said visual image and for controlling said projector so as to project said visual image in alignment with said contoured, three-dimensional object such that said graphic information is reflected in said visual image at the selected location.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 3pp US1653180* 1927-12 Jalbert    
Get PDF - 3pp US3420598  1969-01 Goss   SCREEN ANIMATOR
Get PDF - 9pp US4076398  1978-02 Galbraith  Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation Visual communications system
Get PDF - 19pp US4200867  1980-04 Hill   System and method for painting images by synthetic color signal generation and control
Get PDF - 5pp US4243315  1981-01 Wolf   Device for selectively distorting reflected images and the method of performing same
Get PDF - 7pp US4539585  1985-09 Spackova et al.   Previewer
Get PDF - 19pp US4633416  1986-12 Walker  Quantel Limited Video image creation system which simulates drafting tool
Get PDF - 34pp US5115305  1992-05 Baur et al.   Electrically addressable liquid crystal projection system with high efficiency and light output
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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G93-134680

Other References:
  • Microsoft Windows Paint User's Guide, Version 2.0, 1987, pp. 12-21.
  • Microsoft Paintbrush User's Guide, 1986, pp. 34-35.

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