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Title: US5368309: Method and apparatus for a virtual video game
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Monroe, Marshall; Glendale, CA
Fink, David; Glendale, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1994-11-29 / 1993-05-14

Application Number: US1993000062304

IPC Code: Advanced: A63F 13/08; H04N 13/00;
IPC-7: A63F 9/22;

ECLA Code: H04N13/04H; A63F13/08; T04N13/02M; T04N13/04H; T04N13/04P; T04N13/04V5;

U.S. Class: Current: 463/034; 345/007; 345/009; 348/E13.022; 348/E13.042; 348/E13.057; 348/E13.058; 353/030; 359/630;
Original: 273/437; 273/434; 273/DIG.28; 345/007; 345/009; 353/030; 359/630;

Field of Search: 273/433,434,437,DIG. 28,310,312,313,316,85 G 345/001,4,7,8,9,37,38,87 353/028,30,37 359/471,472,477,630,629

Priority Number:
1993-05-14  US1993000062304

Abstract:     The invention is directed to an interactive video game whereby players sit opposite each other and view the game and each other through a semi-transparent image generated in real-time through the use of a first-surface reflection. The present invention uses opposing Heads-Up Displays (HUDs). Using opposing HUDs, an image can be apparently suspended between two players. The surface on which the image is displayed has sufficient transparency to allow each player to see the other player along with the image. Thus, the players can interact during play allowing for a more enhanced reward in the experience. The effect could be further enhanced by the use of stereo glasses and a stereo-pair of images on the display such that the players see 3-D images on the playing "surface." To further enhance the interactive experience, the virtual images are substantially coincident so that when one player looks up from the action in the game to see the opponent, the opponent's eyes are looking at roughly the same spot in space where the first player perceives the action to be. Thus, the present invention yields more direct communication between players, as well as an enhanced experience. The present invention yields additional applications such as where each player sees any number of images which correspond to the image of the "opponent," or "electronic painting" applications. Other games can take advantage of the fact that the image is superimposed on the opponent such as trying new facial features or clothing.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Hecker & Harriman ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Harrison, Jessica J.;

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A display comprising:
  • control means for controlling input and effecting visual output;
  • a first display means for displaying a first image of said visual output;
  • a second display means for displaying a second image of said visual output such that said second image is inverted;
  • a first reflecting means for reflecting said image from said first display means toward a first viewer; and
  • a second reflecting means for reflecting said image toward a second display means toward a second viewer, said first and second viewers positioned opposed to one another.

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Forward References: Show 23 U.S. patent(s) that reference this one

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Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
  JP02212572 1990-04       
  JP02306737 1989-06       

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1995-013855 DERABS G1995-013855 DERABS G1995-214400

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