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Title: US5588914: Method and system for guiding a user 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

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1996-12-31 / 1994-06-28

Application Number: US1994000267184

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

ECLA Code: G06F3/01B;

U.S. Class: Current: 463/032; 345/419; 715/700; 715/850;
Original: 463/032; 395/326; 395/119;

Field of Search: 395/119-127,154-161 345/008,117-120 463/006,30-34

Priority Number:
1994-06-28  US1994000267184

Abstract:     A virtual reality system is provided in which a user can be guided within a virtual space to a specific destination within a specific time while providing the impression that the user is free to roam the virtual space at will. A leader object or "virtual guide" is projected ahead of the user and is constrained to move along a predetermined path. The user is allowed to move at will within a controlled distance of the leader object. That distance may change depending on the user's location and on elapsed time. Thus the user can be advanced through the virtual reality experience by advancing the leader object.

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

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Bayerl, Raymond J.; Breene, John E.

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Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A method of guiding a user through a virtual reality experience in a virtual world having at least one virtual space, said user having a field of view, said method comprising:
  • projecting said virtual space in the field of view of said user;
  • defining at least one nominal path through said virtual space;
  • projecting an object in said virtual space in the field of view of said user;
  • moving said object along said at least one nominal path;
  • preventing said object from moving other than along said at least one nominal path;
  • allowing said user to move within said virtual space; and
  • restraining said user from exceeding a defined distance from said object.

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Foreign References: None

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