(19)
(11)EP 3 686 725 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 20152568.0

(22)Date of filing:  17.01.2020
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/0488(2013.01)
H04L 12/28(2006.01)
G06K 9/00(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
KH MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 24.01.2019 US 201916256748

(71)Applicant: Ademco Inc.
Golden Valley, MN 55422 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • FERRO, Philip J.
    Golden Valley, MN Minnesota 55422 (US)

(74)Representative: Houghton, Mark Phillip 
Patent Outsourcing Limited Cornerhouse 1 King Street
Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1DZ
Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1DZ (GB)

  


(54)SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING AUGMENTING REALITY TO CONTROL A CONNECTED HOME SYSTEM


(57) Systems and methods for using augmented reality to control a connected home system are provided. Some methods can include receiving a video data stream from an loT video device monitoring a region in which an loT automation device is located within a field of view of the loT video device, displaying the video data stream on a user interface device, overlaying a controlling graphic on top of a depiction of the loT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, receiving first user input identifying the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, and responsive to the first user input, initiating a change of state of the loT automation device in the region.




Description

FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates generally to connected home systems. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for using augmented reality to control connected home systems.

BACKGROUND



[0002] Systems and methods to control Internet-of-Things (IoT) automation devices in a connected home system, such as lights, switches, locks, and thermostats, are known. For example, such systems and methods can include a device control page in a mobile or web application displaying identifications of the IoT automation devices to a user in a list consecutively or in groups based on types or locations of the IoT automation devices, and the device control page receiving user input to control one of the IoT automation devices.

[0003] Systems and methods to view a video data stream captured by an IoT video device in the connected home system are also known. For example, such systems and methods can include a video page in the mobile or web application displaying the video data stream to the user.

[0004] However, if the user wishes to confirm that the one of the IoT automation devices changed state pursuant to the user input entered into the device control page outside of feedback provided by the device control page, then the user must navigate to the video page to view the video data stream and the one of the IoT automation devices captured therein. That is, the user must switch from the device control page to the video page, thereby creating a less than desirable user experience.

[0005] In view of the above, there is a continuing, ongoing need for improved systems and methods.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0006] FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a connected system in accordance with disclosed embodiments.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0007] While this invention is susceptible of an embodiment in many different forms, there are shown in the drawings and will be described herein in detail specific embodiments thereof with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention. It is not intended to limit the invention to the specific illustrated embodiments.

[0008] Embodiments disclosed herein can include systems and methods for using augmented reality to control a connected home system, thereby enhancing a user experience when interacting with the connected home system. For example, the connected home system can include an IoT video device, such as a camera, and an IoT automation device (or a plurality of automation devices), such as a light, a switch, a lock, or a thermostat. The loT video device can monitor a region in which the connected home system is installed, and the IoT automation device can be located within a field of view of the IoT video device so that a depiction of the IoT automation device can be displayed in a video data stream captured by the IoT video device.

[0009] In accordance with disclosed embodiments, systems and methods disclosed herein can overlay controlling graphics on top of the video data stream when displaying the video data stream on a user interface device, such as in a mobile or web application. For example, in some embodiments, systems and method disclosed herein can display the controlling graphics on top of the video data stream responsive to first user input, such as a user touching the user interface device displaying the video data stream for a predetermined period of time.

[0010] Then, systems and methods disclosed herein can receive second user input via a portion of the controlling graphics overlaid on the depiction of the loT automation device displayed in the video data stream, initiate a change of state of the IoT automation device in the region responsive to the second user input, and display the depiction of the IoT automation device with the state changed in the video data stream. Accordingly, systems and methods disclosed herein can both receive the second user input to change the state of the IoT automation device and provide visual confirmation displaying the IoT automation device with the state changed via a single page or screen of the user interface device and without navigating to multiple pages or screens of the user interface device. In some embodiments, the second user input can include the user touching the portion of the user interface device displaying the controlling graphics over the depiction of the IoT automation device for the predetermined period of time.

[0011] In some embodiments, responsive to the second user input and prior to initiating the change of state of the IoT device, systems and methods disclosed herein can display details for the portion of the controlling graphics receiving the second user input. For example, the portion of the controlling graphics receiving the second user input can include an identifier of a thermostat in the region. In these embodiments, responsive to the second user input, systems and methods disclosed herein can display a temperature of the region and up and down arrows to control the thermostat overlaid on a depiction of the thermostat displayed in the video data stream, receive third user input via the up and down arrows to adjust the thermostat up or down, and initiate adjusting the thermostat responsive to the third user input. Alternatively, the portion of the controlling graphics receiving the second user input can include an identifier of a light with a dimmer in the region. In these embodiments, responsive to the second user input, systems and methods disclosed herein can display a slide bar to control a brightness of the dimmer overlaid on a depiction of the light displayed in the video data stream, receive third user input via the slide bar to adjust the brightness of the dimmer, and initiate adjusting the dimmer responsive to the third user input. Accordingly, systems and methods disclosed herein can both receive the third user input to change the state of the IoT automation device and provide visual confirmation displaying the IoT automation device with the state changed via the single page or screen of the user interface device and without navigating to multiple pages or screens of the user interface device.

[0012] In some embodiments, the IoT automation device can include an emitter, such as an infrared LED. To enroll the IoT automation device with the IoT video device for control via the video data stream, systems and methods disclosed herein can instruct the IoT automation device to transmit a visual or non-visual signal to the IoT video device. In some embodiments, the visual or non-visual signal can include a unique signature therein that can identify the IoT automation device and capabilities of the IoT automation device.

[0013] The IoT video device can capture the visual or non-visual signal, and responsive thereto, systems and methods disclosed herein can identify and save a location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device. Then, systems and methods disclosed herein can match the location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device with a location for the portion of the controlling graphics to be overlaid on the depiction of the IoT automation device displayed in the video data stream. When the user interface device receives the second user input, systems and methods disclosed herein can correlate a touch point of the user interface device receiving the second user input with the location of the portion of the controlling graphics overlaying the depiction of the IoT automation device displayed in the video data stream, the location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device, and/or with the IoT automation device itself. Responsive thereto, systems and methods herein can initiate the change the state of the IoT automation device in the region.

[0014] FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a connected home system 100 in accordance with disclosed embodiments. As seen in FIG. 1, the connected home system 100 can include an IoT video device 102 monitoring a region R in which an IoT automation device 106 is installed, and the IoT automation device 106 can be located within a field of view 104 of the IoT video device 102. The IoT video device 102 can capture a video data stream 112 of the region R within the field of view 104, and the video data stream can include a depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106.

[0015] The IoT video device 102 or another device of the connected home system 100, such as a control panel, a gateway device, or the like, can wirelessly transmit the video data stream 112 to a remote server or device 120 that is in wireless communication with the connected home system 100, and the remove server or device 102 can receive the video data stream 112 via a transceiver device 122. As seen in FIG. 1, the remote server or device 120 can also include a memory device 126, and each of the transceiver device 122 and the memory device 126 can be in communication with control circuitry 124, a programmable processor 124a, and executable control software 124b as would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art. The executable control software 124b can be stored on a transitory or non-transitory computer readable medium, including, but not limited to local computer memory, RAM, optical storage media, magnetic storage media, flash memory, and the like. In some embodiments, some or all of the control circuitry 124, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can execute and control at least some of the methods disclosed and described above and herein.

[0016] As seen in FIG. 1, the IoT automation device 106 can include an emitter 108. To enroll the IoT automation device 106 with the IoT video device 102 for control via the video data stream 112, the IoT video device 102 and/or the remote server or device 120 can instruct the IoT automation device 106 to transmit via the emitter 108 a visual or non-visual signal to the IoT video device 102 that identifies the IoT automation device 106. The IoT video device 102 can capture the visual or non-visual signal and transmit the visual or non-visual signal to the remote server or device 120, and the remote server or device 120 can receive the visual or non-visual signal or a representation thereof via the transceiver device 122. Responsive thereto, the control circuitry 124, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can identify and save in the memory device 126 a location of the IoT automation device 106 within the field of view 104 of the IoT video device 102 and match the location of the IoT automation device 106 within the field of view 104 of the IoT video device 102 with a location for a controlling graphic 116 to be overlaid on a depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106 displayed in the video data stream 112.

[0017] The remote server or device 122 can also be in wireless communication with a user interface device 110. Accordingly, the transceiver device 122 can transmit the video data stream 112 and the controlling graphic 116 to the user interface device 110 with a video instruction signal for the user interface device 110 to overlay the controlling graphic 116 on top of the depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106 in the video data stream 112 when displaying the video data stream 112 thereon. Responsive thereto, and as seen in FIG. 1, the user interface device 110 can display the video data stream 112 with the depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 114 therein and the controlling graphic 116 overlaid thereon.

[0018] In some embodiments, the control circuitry 124, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can transmit the video data stream 112 to the user interface device 110 separately from the controlling graphic 116 and the video instruction signal. For example, in these embodiments, the control circuitry 124, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can transmit the controlling graphic 116 and the video instruction signal to the user interface device 110 responsive to the user interface device 110 displaying the video data stream 112, receiving first user input, and transmitting a first request signal to the remote server device 120 requesting the controlling graphic 116.

[0019] In any embodiment, the control circuitry 124, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can retrieve the controlling graphic 116 associated with the IoT automation device 116 and the location for the controlling graphic 116 to be overlaid on the depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106 displayed in the video data stream 112 from the memory device 126.

[0020] When the user interface device 110 is displaying the video data stream 112 with the controlling graphic 116 overlaid on the depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106, the user interface device 110 can receive second user input identifying the controlling graphic 116 and, responsive thereto, transmit a second request signal to the remote server or device 120. The transceiver device 122 can receive the second request signal, and responsive thereto, the control circuitry 122, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can correlate a touch point of the user interface device 110 receiving the second user input with the location of the controlling graphic 116 overlaying the depiction 114 of the IoT automation device 106 displayed in the video data stream 112, with the location of the IoT automation device 106 within the field of view 104 of the IoT video device 102, and/or with the IoT automation device 106 itself. Then, the control circuitry 122, the programmable processor 124a, and the executable control software 124b can initiate a change of state of the IoT automation device 106, for example, by transmitting an automation instruction signal to the IoT automation device 106 or the another device of the connected home system 100 for the IoT automation device 106 to change its state pursuant to the second user input. Because the IoT video device 102 can capture the video data stream 112 of the region R within the field of view 104, including the IoT automation device 106, the video data stream 112 can capture the IoT automation device 106 with the state changed for display on the user interface device 112, thereby providing visual confirmation for a user regarding the state of the IoT automation device 106 being changed.

[0021] Although a few embodiments have been described in detail above, other modifications are possible. For example, the logic flows described above do not require the particular order described or sequential order to achieve desirable results. Other steps may be provided, steps may be eliminated from the described flows, and other components may be added to or removed from the described systems. Other embodiments may be within the scope of the invention.

[0022] From the foregoing, it will be observed that numerous variations and modifications may be effected without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. It is to be understood that no limitation with respect to the specific system or method described herein is intended or should be inferred. It is, of course, intended to cover all such modifications as fall within the spirit and scope of the invention.


Claims

1. A method comprising:

receiving a video data stream from an IoT video device monitoring a region in which an IoT automation device is located within a field of view of the IoT video device;

displaying the video data stream on a user interface device;

overlaying a controlling graphic on top of a depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device;

receiving first user input identifying the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device; and

responsive to the first user input, initiating a change of state of the IoT automation device in the region.


 
2. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

receiving second user input requesting the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device; and

responsive to the second user input, overlaying the controlling graphic on top of the depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device.


 
3. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

responsive to the first user input, displaying details for the controlling graphic on top of the depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device;

receiving second user input adjusting one of the details for the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device; and

responsive to the second user input, initiating the change of the state of the IoT automation device in the region by initiating an adjustment of the IoT automation device in the region that corresponds to the one of the details as adjusted.


 
4. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

instructing the IoT automation device to transit a visual or non-visual signal identifying the IoT automation device;

receiving the visual or non-visual signal from an emitter of the IoT automation device; and

responsive to the visual or non-visual signal, identifying and saving a first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device.


 
5. The method of claim 4 further comprising:

matching the first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device with a second location in the video data stream for the controlling graphic to be overlaid on the depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream;

overlaying the controlling graphic at the second location in the video data stream; and

correlating a touch point of the user interface device receiving the first user input with one or more of the second location in the video data stream, the first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device, and the IoT automation device.


 
6. The method of claim 1 further comprising:
displaying the video data stream on the user interface device with the depiction of the IoT automation device showing the state changed.
 
7. A system comprising:

an IoT video device monitoring a region;

an IoT automation device located in the region within a field of view of the IoT video device;

a remote server or device in wireless communication with the IoT video device and the IoT automation device; and

a user interface device in communication with the remote server or device,

wherein the IoT video device captures a video data stream of the field of view and transmits the video data stream to the remote server or device,

wherein the remote server or device transmits the video data stream to the user interface device,

wherein the user interface device displays the video data stream,

wherein the remote server or device overlays a controlling graphic on top of a depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device,

wherein the user interface device receives first user input identifying the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, and

wherein, responsive to the first user input, the remote server or device initiates a change of state of the IoT automation device in the region.


 
8. The system of claim 7 wherein the user interface device receives second user input requesting the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, and wherein, responsive to the second user input, the remote server or device overlays the controlling graphic on top of the depiction of the automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device.
 
9. The system of claim 7 wherein, responsive to the first user input, the remote server or device displays details for the controlling graphic on top of the depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, wherein the user interface device receives second user input adjusting one of the details for the controlling graphic via the video data stream displayed on the user interface device, and wherein, responsive to the second user input, the remote server or device initiates the change of the state of the IoT device in the region by initiating an adjustment of the IoT automation device in the region that corresponds to the one of the details as adjusted.
 
10. The system of claim 7 further comprising:

an emitter of the IoT automation device,

wherein the remote server or device instructs the IoT automation device to transmit a visual or non-visual signal that identifies the IoT automation device,

wherein the emitter transmits the visual or non-visual signal,

wherein the IoT video device receives the visual or non-visual signal and transmits the visual or non-visual signal to the remote server or device, and

wherein, responsive to the visual or non-visual signal, the remote server or device identifies and saves a first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device.


 
11. The system of claim 10 wherein the remote server or device matches the first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device with a second location in the video data stream for the controlling graphic to be overlaid on the depiction of the IoT automation device in the video data stream, wherein the remote server or device overlays the controlling graphic at the second location in the video data stream, and wherein the remote server or device correlates a touch point of the user interface device receiving the first user input with one or more of the second location in the video data stream, the first location of the IoT automation device within the field of view of the IoT video device, and the IoT automation device.
 
12. The system of claim 7 wherein the user interface device displays the video data stream with the depiction of the IoT automation device showing the state changed.
 




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