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Title: US5577961: Method and system for restraining a leader object in a virtual reality presentation
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Adamczyk, John W.; Pasadena, CA
Watson, Scott F.; Glendale, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1996-11-26 / 1994-06-28

Application Number: US1994000267786

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/00; G06F 3/01;
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IPC-7: G06F 15/00;

ECLA Code: G06F3/01B;

U.S. Class: Current: 463/033; 345/419; 715/850;
Original: 463/033; 395/119; 395/326;

Field of Search: 395/119-127,155-161 345/117-120,7-8 463/032-33

Priority Number:
1994-06-28  US1994000267786

Abstract:     A virtual reality system is provided in which a user can be assured of reaching a destination in a virtual world within a specific time while providing the impression that the user is free to roam the virtual space at will. A virtual leader is projected in front of the user by the system. The virtual leader appears to lead the user but is actually linked to a virtual stick connected to the user, so that as the user moves or turns, the leader moves or turns to stay at substantially the same position relative to the user.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Fish & Neave ; Ingerman, Jeffrey H. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Powell, Mark R.; Breene, John E.

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Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A method of presenting a user with a virtual reality experience in a virtual world, wherein said user follows a virtual object to a goal in said virtual world, said user having a field of view, said method comprising:
  • projecting said virtual world in the field of view of said user;
  • projecting said virtual object in said virtual world;
  • allowing said user to select a path along which to travel through said virtual world toward said goal; and
  • restraining said virtual object to remain within a defined distance of said user as said user travels through said virtual world; whereby:
    • said virtual object appears to said user to be leading said user toward said goal.

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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G97-020246 DERG97-020246

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