Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)

A method is to retrieve media content items that can be displayed to people in the environment. This involves receiving from one or several interactions devices, each having either a camera or projector and up to three media objects, that include images of the user. The media objects are then analyzed and utilized to identify the location of the user within the surroundings. The method further involves identifying one of the interaction devices in accordance with the location of the user and sending, to the identified device, the content item and instructions causing the projector that is associated with the identified interaction device to project the media content item.

A social-networking system, which might include a website for social networking and allows its users (such as organizations or individuals) to communicate with the system and one another through it. The user is able to input data to create and store an account on the social network. The user’s information can be contained within the profile. The information may be public or private, depending on the user’s privacy settings, and mayinclude communication-channel information, and information on personal interests of the user. The social networking system could additionally, with input and the consent of a user offer services (e.g., wall posts, photo-sharing, event organization games, messaging, and advertisements) to enable social interaction between or among users.

One or more social-networking platforms may send messages or content via one or more networks the user’s mobile device or other computer. Users can also install software applications on any mobile or other device for accessing an account of the user and other information in the social networking system. A custom set of content objects may be created by the social-networking system for a user to look at, such as newsfeeds that contain aggregated stories from other users linked to that user.

Mobile computing devices, including tablets, smartphones as well as laptop computers, may include functionality that can determine its location, direction and orientation. It could be the use of a GPS receiver, gyroscope, or accelerometer. Such a devicemay also include functionality for wireless communication like BLUETOOTH communications and near-field communications (NFC) or infrared (IR) communication or communication using wireless local area networks (WLANs) or a cellular phone networks. This device may include one or more cameras or scanners. It may also include speakers, microphones or touchscreens, microphones and microphones. Software applications such as games, social networking apps, and web browsers can also be executed by mobile computers. With social-networkingapplications, users may connect, communicate, and share information with other users in their social networks.

In specific embodiments, a projection-based augmented-reality system can provide a hardware and software platform enabling ambient and real-world augmented reality. The system is able to access user information according to privacy settings made by the system’s owner and any user who is within its visible field. The owner of an augmented reality system could decide that the system will not be able to access any information that is stored by the social network system. The system will not be able to connect directly to remote servers about any personal information of users. In a different way, the person who owns the augmented-reality system might specify that it can access information held by the social-networking system to enhance the experience of users (as will be explained below). In this scenario, the augmented-reality may communicate with the social-networking system with regard to the owner’ssocial-networking data, but the system will continue to check for permission to access other user’s social-networking data. For example, if an owner has chosen to opt into the access to social-networking information, however, the friend of the owner has not opted in then the system won’t be able to be able to access the data of the friend’s social network.

An array of interaction devices can be utilized to enhance the experience. Each device may comprise one or several visual or audio output devices, one, or more sensor devices , and one or two controller modules that mechanically control the orientations and positions of the component devices. There can be a variety of form factors or configurations for the interactions devices. A central controller device could be connected to an external system to manage the augmented reality system. It can analyze the information gathered by interactions devices, transfer information between them, and coordinate their activities. Augmented reality devices can be used to model objects and projectable surfaces within the indoor environment. It is also able to track the movements and locations of users and display appropriate content to display for them.

In specific instances, the augmented reality system can build an image of the environment, search for media content items for display to the user, choose an appropriate surface to project on to be projected, and adaptively project the content onto the surface selected. The augmented-reality system could periodically or continuously scan the environment for movements of projected surfaces and users, as well as gestures or vocal instructions by the users. If the activities are identified, the augmented realitysystem may alter the representation of the surrounding environment or modify the content that is part of the augmented-reality experience of the user. Certain embodiments use the projectable surfaces of everyday indoor objects to give users seamless access to online content, services as well as virtual objects. In accordance with the privacy settings of all relevant users Certain embodiments utilize data accessible via a social-networking system to tailor the augmented reality experience for each user and to allow users to experience a live experience communicating with social connections. A user is considered relevant if an augmented-reality system causes the retrieval of data from remote servers. If the augmented reality system is able to capture or transmit audio and visual data regarding a user to an unintended location, the user is also considered to be relevant. If either of these requirements are met(i.e. retrieval of information about a user and uploading of information in the form of audio or visual images about a user) the augmented-reality system will first access the user’s privacy settings to determine if the user has explicitly granted access to the user’s data.

The embodiments presented in this document are only examples and the scope of this disclosure isn’t only limited to these embodiments. Particular embodiments may comprise all, some or all of the components, elements, features, operations, functions or steps of the embodiments described herein. The attached claims disclose embodiments according to the invention, which include storage medium, method, system, and computer program products. In every claim category (e.g. method, may be claimed in a different claim category, e.g. system, as well. The dependencies or references in the attached claims are chosen for formal reasons only. However any subject matter that results from a deliberate reference back to previous claims (in particular multiple dependencies) can be claimed too and any combination of claims as well as the features thereof are disclosed and is able to be claimed regardless of the dependencies chosen in the claims. Subject matter may be a combination of features as described in the claims attached but also any other combination of features in the claims. Each feature of the claims could be combined with another feature or combination of features in the claims. Additionally each of the embodiments and features described and depicted herein may be claimed as an individual claim, and/or in any combination with any of the embodiments or features described or illustrated herein or in combination with any feature of the claims attached.

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