Patent Number : 9,071,827 B1
Patent Title : Method and system for automatic 3-D image creation
Inventors: Huang; Jonathan (Santa Clara, CA), Kvaalen; Samuel (San Francisco, CA), Bradshaw; Peter (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee: Google Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Family ID: 1000000478010
Appl. No.: 14/206,901
Filed: March 12, 2014
Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and non-transitory computer readable media that relate to stereoscopic image creation. A camera captures an initial image at an initial position. A target displacement from the initial position is determined for a desired stereoscopic effect, and an instruction is provided that specifies a direction in which to move the camera from the initial position. While the camera is in motion, an estimated displacement from the initial position is calculated. When the estimated displacement corresponds to the target displacement, the camera automatically captures a candidate image. An acceptability analysis is performed to determine whether the candidate image has acceptable image quality and acceptable similarity to the initial image. If the candidate image passes the acceptability analysis, a stereoscopic image is created based on the initial and candidate images.