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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2275784
(54) English Title: WRISTWATCH-BASED VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM
(54) French Title: SYSTEME DE VIDEOCONFERENCE SUR MONTRE-BRACELET
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04N 7/15 (2006.01)
  • G04G 99/00 (2010.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • MANN, STEVE (Canada)
(74) Agent: NA
(45) Issued: 2000-10-24
(22) Filed Date: 1999-06-29
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 1999-12-29
Examination requested: 1999-06-29
(30) Availability of licence: Yes
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country Date
2,237,939 Canada 1998-06-29
2,247,649 Canada 1998-10-13
2,248,473 Canada 1998-10-29

English Abstract





A wristworn videoconferencing system is described. In particular, a wearable
camera with viewfinder function incorporated into a wristwatch display screen
that also
electronically simulates the hour hand and minute hand of a traditional
wristwatch,
results in a device that resembles a fashionably modern timepiece, but which
also has
the possibly hidden videoconferencing capability. The electronically simulated
hands
showing the time of day may be overlayed onto the live video of the viewfinder
function,
or on live video received from a remote site, or a combination of both live
video
feeds. Pressing a SECRET button causes the electronically displayed clockface
with
electronically simulated hour hand and minute hand to become opaque and block
the live video from being seen. Pressing an OPEN button returns the clockface
to a
transparent mode, allowing a videoconference to continue.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.



CLAIMS

The embodiments cf the invention in which I claim an exclusive property or
privilege are defined as follows:

1. A wearable videoconferencing system including a wristworn housing, said
housing containing an electronic display, said wearable videoconferencing
system
including an electronic camera and processor responsive to an input of said
camera, said display being responsive to an output of said processor.
2. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim1 where said camera is borne
by said wristworn housing.
3. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim2 or 1 where said camera is
nonretractably mounted so that it is in the same physical position whether or
not it is actually being used.
4. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim2 or 1 where said camera is
covertly concealed within said housing.
5. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim1 further including a
wireless
communications system connected to said processor.
6. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 5, where said display is
responsive to light entering a camera of a second videoconferencing system.
7. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 5, where said wearable
videoconferencing system is a first videoconferencing system, and further
including
a second videoconferencing system, said first videoconferencing system
responsive to light entering a camera of said second videoconferencing system,
and said
display of said second videoconferencing system responsive to light entering
the
camera of said first videoconferencing system.



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8. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 further including
eyeglasses
with downprism.
9. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 where said camera is borne
by eyeglasses.
10. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 9 said eyeglasses further
including a downprism.
11. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 where said housing has
the appearance of an ordinary wristwatch, where said display functions as a
viewfinder for said camera, and where said display also shows time of day
information.
12. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 further including at
least one
electrode in contact with the body of a wearer of said wearable
videoconferencing
system, said at least one electrode located in a watchband attached to said
wristworn housing.
13. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 further including at
least
one sensor for measuring at least one physiological quantity of a wearer of
said
wearable videoconferencing system, said processor responsive to an input from
said sensor.
14. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 13, said physiological
quantity being heart rate, said wearable videoconferencing system further
including
a sweatiness sensor, said processor also responsive to an output of said
sweatiness
sensor, said processor controlling capture of pictures from said camera in
response to heart rate and sweatiness of a wearer of said wearable
videoconferencing system.
15. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 1 further including a
microphone, said wearable videoconferencing system including a speech
recognizer,



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said speech recognizer controlling the operation of said processor.
16. The wearable videoconferencing system of of Claim 1 where said display is
responsive to an output of said camera.
17. A wristwatch video conversation transmission system including the features
of
Claim 1 where said camera is a first camera, and where said wristwatch video
conversation capture system further includes a second camera where said second
camera is mounted in said housing such that when the wearer of said housing
is looking at said display in a manner similar to the manner that one normally
looks at a wristwatch to check the time of day, that said second camera will
be
pointed at the face of said wearer.
18. A wristwatch videoconferencing system including the features of Claim 1
where
said wristwatch videoconferencing system further includes means for wireless
transmission of the video signals from said camera to at least one remote
location.
19. A wristwatch videoconferencing system including the features of Claim 1
where
said processor is a computer system wirelessly connected to a computer
network,
and where said wristwatch videoconferencing system further includes
transmitter
for sending video signals to a remote location while interacting with one or
more remote entities by way of an input device borne by said housing.
20. A wristwatch videoconferencing system including the features of Claim 1
where
said processor is a computer system that includes a recorder for recording
video
signals from said camera, and where said wristwatch video recording system
includes an input device for a wearer of said housing to interact with said
wristwatch video recording system to control said recorder.
21. A wristwatch videotelephone including the features of Claim 1 where said
processor is a computer system wirelessly connected to a computer network, and



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where said wristwatch videotelephone further includes means for transmitting
video signals to a remote location, and means for a wearer of said housing to
interact with said computer.
22. The wristwatch videotelephone as described in Claim 21 where said means of
interacting with said computer system is by way of said display, said means of
interacting with said computer system comprising data entry using a pie menu.
23. The wristwatch videotelephone as described in Claim 22 where said pie menu
is one in which the wearer of the apparatus is presented with 12 choices,
where
said 12 choices include the numerals 0 through 9 corresponding with the hours
from midnight through 9:00 on a clockface presented on said display.
24. The wristwatch videotelephone as described in Claim 23 where said 12
choices
further include the symbols "*" and "#" corresponding with the hours of 10:00
and 11:00 on said clockface.
25. A wearable videoconferencing system including a wristworn housing, said
housing containing a camera and electronic display, said wearable
videoconferencing
system further including a processor responsive to an input of said camera,
said
electronic display being responsive to an output of said processor.
26. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
a
bodyworn computer.
27. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
a
bodyworn computer running an oclock program.
28. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
a
bodyworn computer with wireless communications system.
29. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
also
contained in said housing.



30. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
partially located in a watchband attached to said housing.
31. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 further including
wireless
data communicator. said wireless data communicator connected to an antenna,
said antenna being at least partially located in a watchband attached to said
housing.
32. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25 where said processor is
bodyworn, said wearable videoconferencing system including a first sender for
conveying picture signal from said camera to said processor, and a second
sender
conveying processor signal from said processor to said display.
33. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 32 where said first sender
and
said second sender are wires, both within a common wiring harness.
34. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 32 where said first sender
and
said second sender are wires, said wires being attachable with a strain relief
to
the inside of a shirt sleeve.
35. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 34 where said wires emerge
from said housing near the inward side of said housing, and run underneath
the inward side of a wrist strap attached to said housing, said wires emerging
from a point along the wrist strap that is between the inwardmost point and
the downwardmost point when said strap would be worn by a wearer of said
wearable videoconferencing system.
36. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 32 where said first sender
and
said second sender comprise wireless communications.
37. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 32 where at least one of
said
first sender and said second sender comprises a radio transmitter.
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38. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 32 where said first sender
and said second sender comprise a single radio transceiver, said single radio
transceiver sending picture data from said camera to said processor, and
sending
display data from said processor to said display.
39. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 25, where said camera is
mounted in said housing such that when a wearer of said housing is looking
at said display to determine the time of day, that said camera will be pointed
at the face of the wearer of said wearable videoconferencing system.
40. The wearable videoconferencing system of of Claim 25 further including an
eyeglass-mounted display, said eyeglass-mounted display responsive to an
out-put of said camera.
41. A wristworn videoconferencing system including a processor and wristworn
lousing. said wristworn housing bearing an electronic display, said electronic
display responsive to said processor, said electronic display showing a
transparent
clock, said electronic display also responsive to a video camera concealed
in said wristworn housing, at least one picture from said video camera being
visible on said electronic display through said transparent clock.
42. The wristworn videoconferencing system of Claim 41 where said transparent
clock is an oclock.
43. The wristworn videoconferencing system of Claim 41 where the hands of said
transparent clock are formed by an exclusive or operation with said at least
one
picture.
44. The wristworn videoconferencing system of Claim 41 where said at least one
picture is part of a sequence of pictures comprising live video feed from said

camera, and where the hands of said transparent clock are formed by an
exclusive
or operation with pixel image arrays of pictures of said live video feed.

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45. The wristworn videoconferencing system of Claim 41 further including a
SECRETER and OPENER.
46. A wearable videoconferencing system comprising a camera, a wristworn
housing, and an electronic display borne by said wristworn housing, said
display
responsive to an output of said camera.
47. The wearable videoconferencing system of Claim 46, said display showing
polarizationally covert picture information, visible only to a wearer of
special
polarized eyeglasses.

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A single figure which represents the drawing illustrating the invention.

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Title Date
(22) Filed 1999-06-29
Examination Requested 1999-06-29
(41) Open to Public Inspection 1999-12-29
(45) Issued 2000-10-24
Lapsed 2008-06-30

Payment History

Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Request for Examination $200.00 1999-06-29
Filing $150.00 1999-06-29
Final $150.00 2000-07-21
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 2 2001-06-29 $50.00 2001-04-10
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 3 2002-07-01 $50.00 2002-04-15
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 4 2003-06-30 $250.00 2004-01-07
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 5 2004-06-29 $100.00 2004-06-28
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 6 2005-06-29 $300.00 2005-09-06
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 7 2006-06-29 $100.00 2006-05-01

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