New! View global litigation for patent families

US20110149086A1 - Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system - Google Patents

Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20110149086A1
US20110149086A1 US12645806 US64580609A US20110149086A1 US 20110149086 A1 US20110149086 A1 US 20110149086A1 US 12645806 US12645806 US 12645806 US 64580609 A US64580609 A US 64580609A US 20110149086 A1 US20110149086 A1 US 20110149086A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
user
camera
synchronization
device
central
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US12645806
Inventor
Amos Winbush, III
Original Assignee
Winbush Iii Amos
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date

Links

Images

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N5/00Details of television systems
    • H04N5/222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • H04N5/225Television cameras ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • H04N5/232Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control; Control of cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N5/00Details of television systems
    • H04N5/222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • H04N5/225Television cameras ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • H04N5/232Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control; Control of cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
    • H04N5/23203Remote control signaling for cameras or for parts of camera, e.g. between main body and part of camera
    • H04N5/23206Remote control signaling for cameras or for parts of camera, e.g. between main body and part of camera using a network, e.g. internet

Abstract

A camera and another device synchronization system, apparatus, signaling, processor-readable medium, and method are provided. As an apparatus, the camera may include a user content synchronization module for automatically synchronizing image data stored as camera records by the camera with central records stored for the user by a central node remote from the camera, the camera records and the central records comprising at least one of photo images or video files, such that changed central record and camera records are update using the most recent records from the other source. Also, television content and gaming device content may be shared and commanded from another device, such as a mobile communication device or camera.

Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    The present application is in the field of user content management and synchronization for cameras and camcorders with user records maintained at a central node, such as at a web server, and porting and sharing data content among other devices.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The immense popularity of cameras and camcorders has resulted in ever-increasing quantities and types of data that are being stored on cameras and camcorders. Such data includes photo data and other image data, video files and video records, and other content stored for the user at the camera or camcorder as well as at other types of handheld portable device content data.
  • [0003]
    Digital cameras, camcorders and other video camera equipment store vast amounts of video data. Users often rely on the camera or the camcorder to store their photo images or video files, including potentially difficult to replace or precious photos and video records. Thus, if the camera or camcorder becomes damaged or lost, or if the memory card or other storage medium in the camera, video recording device or camcorder becomes damaged or lost, then the user's data may be irreplaceably gone. Also, if the user purchases a second camera or video recorder and wishes to view photos or videos previously captured on the first camera or video recorder, the user would have to typically undertake a cumbersome process of uploading the photos or video files from the first camera or video recorder to a device such as a desktop or laptop computer and then to download the files from the device to the second camera or video recorder. Also, sometimes the user may wish to view recent photos or videos taken on the camera or camcorder at home on a desktop or at a friend's house away from home, and it may be cumbersome to upload “manually” the images or the videos each and every time a new image or video is captured by the camera. In a similar vein, while traveling the user may wish to view images or videos captured while the camera is being recharged or may wish to view them on a larger monitor or display than is available on a typical digital camera or camcorder. Also, a user may wish to view on his/her camcorder photos that were captured and stored on a camera, or vice versa, or may wish to share photos, video files or other content with a family member's or friend's device without having to load “manually” content from one device to another via a third intermediary device, such as a desktop/laptop computer, or by first uploading to some web-based storage location.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0004]
    A camera and another device synchronization system, apparatus, signaling, processor-readable medium, and method are provided. As an apparatus, the invention may include a camera that includes a user content synchronization module for automatically synchronizing image data stored as camera records by the camera with central records stored for the user by a central node remote from the camera, the camera records and the central records comprising at least one of photo images or video files, the user content synchronization module including: a synchronization controller configured to initiate a current synchronization operation; a state comparator configured to identify, as a changed central record, any central records for the user changed, deleted or added since a last synchronization operation, and to identify, as a changed camera record, any camera records changed, deleted or added since the last synchronization operation, the last synchronization operation being a synchronization operation performed most recently prior to the current synchronization operation by the camera; the state comparator being further configured to determine whether the changed central record is a corresponding record to the changed camera record, the corresponding record being a record that refers to a different version of the same record than another record, and to identify, as a most recently modified record, only one record of a group consisting of the changed central record and the changed camera record; and a command generator configured to generate a command queue comprising a command to update based on the most recently modified record, the command being a command sent to the central node to update the central records for the user when the most recently modified record is the changed camera record, and the command being a command to the camera to update the camera records when the most recently modified record is the changed central record.
  • [0005]
    Such a camera of claim may also be provided as or include a camcorder for recording video data. The user content synchronization module may include a web access module configured to communicate with the central node via the internet, for example, content data from the central node may be transmitted as XML data.
  • [0006]
    The camera may include a wireless communication device configured to connect wirelessly with a Wi-Fi port remote from the camera, and may include a portal for a wired connection with an internet connection device having a web browser for connecting to the central node via internet, for example using a general packet radio service (GPRS) to communicate via web 99.
  • [0007]
    The synchronization controller may initiate automatically the current synchronization operation upon connection with the internet connection device, may initiate automatically the current synchronization operation regularly after a predetermined time period.
  • [0008]
    The user preference module may receive and store a user-specified time period, wherein the predetermined time period is the user-specified time period and the predetermined time period is at least 30 minutes.
  • [0009]
    A module, such as a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions configured to run at the central node and configured to manage the central node during the current synchronization is also contemplated.
  • [0010]
    Such a program at the central node may maintain a deleted camera records folder comprising camera records deleted during the current synchronization operation and recallable upon user command. In the alternative, the program at the central node may maintain only thumbnail representations of the deleted camera records for the deleted camera records folder. Also, the program at the central node may initiate the current synchronization operation by transmitting a synchronization operation start command to the user content synchronization module. Further, the program at the central node may include an off-line storage module to synchronize the central records with a second user device, the second user device being a device other than the camera. The program at the central node may also include a remote wiper that signals the user content synchronization module to delete all camera records.
  • [0011]
    The camera may also include a user preference module that receives and stores a user designation of a selected set of camera records, the selected set of camera records being exempt from deletion or modification at the camera during the current synchronization operation. The user preference module may receive and store a user selection of a thumbnail synch mode or a full record mode, wherein upon selection of the thumbnail synch mode, during the current synchronization operation the command generator is configured to store only a thumbnail representation of every camera record that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation, and wherein the upon selection of the full record mode, during the current synchronization operation the command generator is configured to store an entire camera record of all camera records that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation.
  • [0012]
    The user content synchronization module may include a thumbnail recall to generate, upon a user selection of a thumbnail representation, a request for the central node to transmit to the camera the central record corresponding to the thumbnail representation for viewing the central record on the camera.
  • [0013]
    A processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions configured to run on an internet connection device having a web browser for connecting to the central node via the internet is also described, such that the program of instructions manages the internet connection device to connect automatically with the camera via a wired or a wireless connection.
  • [0014]
    The synchronization controller may initiate automatically the current synchronization operation upon connection with the internet connection device.
  • [0015]
    In such a camera, during the current synchronization operation, the command generator may generate a thumbnail representation of every camera record that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation. During the current synchronization operation, the command generator may retain a thumbnail representation of every camera record deleted from the camera during the current synchronization operation.
  • [0016]
    The synchronization operation module may include a thumbnail recall unit that generates, upon a user selection of a thumbnail representation, a request for the central node for transmitting to the camera a full image representation of the central record corresponding to the thumbnail representation for viewing the central record on the camera.
  • [0017]
    A position relay module for the camera is also contemplated, that would transmit to the central node for storing in the central records for the user a current position of the camera. The position relay module may transmit the current position at a time of the current synchronization operation. The position relay module may retrieve the current position from a GPS unit integrated with, or in wired or wireless communication with, the camera.
  • [0018]
    A location-based information module for the camera is also described, for providing guide information to the user based on a current position of the camera. The current position of the camera may be detected based on GPS information or based on scene recognition of a scene viewed by the camera.
  • [0019]
    Also described is a system, an apparatus, signaling or a set of signals, a processor-readable medium, and a method for synchronizing user content between a first user device and a second user device over the internet via a central node. As a system, the invention includes a first user content synchronization module positioned in the first user device and configured to synchronize automatically the user content uploaded via the internet to the central node from the second user device; a second user content synchronization module positioned in the second user device and configured to synchronize with the first user device by uploading via the internet the user content to the central node; a third user content synchronization module positioned at the central node and configured to transmit automatically to the first user device the user content; and a user preference module configured to receive a user command for initiating synchronization by activating the second user content synchronization module.
  • [0020]
    The user preference module may include a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions positioned in the first user device or in the second user device.
  • [0021]
    The user preference module may initiate the synchronization automatically and immediately each time user content is received at the second user device, or may initiate the synchronization with regularly occurring frequency.
  • [0022]
    The first user content synchronization module may perform a current two-way synchronization operation such that a first device file of the user content stored at the first user device is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the central node, and such that a central file of user content stored at the central node is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the first user device.
  • [0023]
    Also, the first user content synchronization module may perform the current two-way synchronization operation each time the first device file or the central file is added, changed or deleted. The first user content synchronization module may perform the current two-way synchronization operation with regularly occurring frequency.
  • [0024]
    In addition, in such a system the second user content synchronization module may perform a current two-way synchronization operation such that a second device file of the user content stored at the second user device is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the central node, and such that a central file of user content stored at the central node is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the second user device.
  • [0025]
    For example, the first user device may be a mobile communication device, and the second user device may be a television, a gaming device, and/or a mobile communication device.
  • [0026]
    The first user content synchronization module may also include a virtual device controller to receive user commands for controlling the second user device and to transmit signals via the central node for controlling the second user device based on the user commands received.
  • [0027]
    Thus, the first user device may be a mobile communication device and the second user device may be a television.
  • [0028]
    In addition, the first user device may be a mobile communication device, the second user device may be a gaming device, and the first user content synchronization module may include a virtual device controller to receive user commands for controlling the second user device and to transmit signals via the central node for controlling the second user device based on the user commands received.
  • [0029]
    Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of the invention with reference to the accompanying Drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0030]
    FIG. 1 is a schematic overview of a system illustrating the camera/camcorder connected to the synchronization server, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0031]
    FIG. 2 illustrates a synchronization module or application run at the camera/camcorder, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0032]
    FIG. 3 illustrates a server synchronization application that is run at the synchronization server 50 according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0033]
    FIG. 4 illustrates a server synchronization run at another user device according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0034]
    FIG. 5 is an example of a set of operations for implementing a synchronization operation according to an aspect of Applicant's invention as illustrated in FIGS. 1-3.
  • [0035]
    FIG. 6 is a flow chart illustrating an example of steps that may implement a two-way synchronization operation according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0036]
    FIG. 7 illustrates a communication between the camera and the central node for authenticating the camera and for the two-way synchronization operation according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0037]
    FIG. 8 illustrates records of the user files that may be maintained by the central node according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0038]
    FIG. 9 is a connection diagram showing an example of connections between a camera, a personal computer, such as a desktop or a laptop, and the central node, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0039]
    FIG. 10 illustrates other devices that may be connected or synchronized via the central node, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0040]
    FIGS. 11 and 12 illustrate features of the graphical user interface provided at the camera 20, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0041]
    FIG. 13 illustrates features of the graphical user interface provided at the central node for web-based access, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention.
  • [0042]
    With reference to the Drawings, features of the invention are described in the detailed description section.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION
  • [0043]
    FIG. 1 illustrates structures that may participate in a camera 8 r video recorder/camcorder synchronization operation according to an embodiment of Applicant's invention. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the synchronization application 130 may be a software product residing in a recorded medium of a camera or a camcorder 120 for coordinating a synchronization operation with a synchronization server 50 at the central node via web 99. Synchronization application 130 may be implemented as software, hardware or firmware, using a medium that is insertable into the device, such as a card, or a combination of the foregoing. Synchronization application 130 may be included on the camera/camcorder 120 when purchased or may be separately purchased as off the shelf software or as a card medium, or may be downloaded in software form from a vendor of the camera/camcorder 120 or from an independent vendor that sells only the synchronization application 130 but does not sell the camera/camcorder. Such a synchronization application 130 may be included in the retail purchase price of the camera or camcorder 120 or may be purchased for a lump sum payment for a monthly or other periodic subscription fee.
  • [0044]
    Synchronization application 130 may initiate the synchronization operation at the expiration of a predetermined time period, at a particular time of the day, week, month etc. or at a particular hour every day. The synchronization application 130 includes a synchronization controller 131 that initiates the synchronization application. Further, the synchronization operation may be commenced by the user or, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention the central synchronization application 160 may “push” initiate the synchronization operation by transmitting a synch operation request to the synchronization controller 131 of the synchronization application 130 in the camera/camcorder 120. Also, synchronization controller 131 may initiate the synchronization operation upon the occurrence of an event, such as upon the addition of new user content, or modification or deletion of existing user content, or upon the occurrence of user action such as snapping a photograph or activating the record function of the video camera or camera/camcorder 120.
  • [0045]
    Camera/camcorder 120 may communicate with the central node via a Wi-Fi connection 71 a, 71 b if the camera/camcorder 120 is equipped with a Wi-Fi communication module or chip or via base station 85A, 96B of a wireless cellular network. Alternatively, or in addition to the wired or wireless connection to the Wi-Fi communication and/or the wireless cellular network, the camera/camcorder 120 may be connected using a wired or wireless connection to an internet connection device such as a communication device 121. Such a device 121 may be a desktop, laptop, television unit or a handheld device or another communication terminal that includes a modem that is able to communicate with the internet. Camera or camcorder 120 may have one or more network interfaces, for example, one or more network interface cards (NIC) or a network controller, and the network interface may include a personal area network (PAN) interface providing bluetooth, UWB (ultrawideband network), IEEE 802.15.4 (for example ZigBee) or the like functionality for communication with device 121. For example, GPRS may be used to communicate via the web 99.
  • [0046]
    Also, the synchronization operation may be automatically commenced when the camera/camcorder 120 is connected to the communication device 121. According to an aspect of Applicant's invention, all synchronization operations may be performed using HTTP and the OSI model as a packet based RESTful paradigm. The synchronization server 50 may be implemented as a processor cloud that includes a series of processors and may include a synchronization application 160 that provides functionality for synchronization at the central node, components of which are shown in FIG. 3. The synchronization server 50 may also be attached to a database 51, which too may be implemented as a data storage cloud, or a set of servers connected to the web 99.
  • [0047]
    Synchronization application 130 may include a user preference module 132 that accepts user-specified instructions for commencing the synchronization operation, so that the user may be empowered to select to have the synchronization operation start automatically at a certain time of the day, week or month, upon the expiration of a certain interval of time, upon connection to the communication device 121, upon connection to the web 99, when the Wi-Fi communication port of the camera/camcorder 120 is in a Wi-Fi hotspot enabling communication with Wi-Fi connection 71 a, 71 b, or the like. When the synchronization operation is commenced by the synchronization application 130, an authentication may be carried out by authenticator 133 in communication with authenticator 163 of synchronization server 50 of the central node.
  • [0048]
    FIG. 7 is a high-level illustration of the authentication stage and the synchronization operation according to an aspect of Applicant's invention, performed with command issued by the synchronization application 130 residing on the camera/camcorder 120. As illustrated in FIG. 11, when setting up camera or camcorder 120 for synchronization with the central node, the user may be prompted to enter a user name 42 a and password 42 b and to enter a mobile ID 42 c identifying this camera or camcorder 120 for the user. Camera or camcorder 120 may be assigned a unique ID, or, the subscribing user may be assigned a unique ID and camera or camcorder 120 may be assigned a secondary device ID, for example device ID 1-99, associated with the unique ID of the mobile user. Thus, many devices may be associated with the user for synchronization with the central node, and each camera/camcorder or other device may thus share the same user name and password for the convenience of the user. In the alternative, for added security as illustrated in FIG. 11 the user may be asked to provide the user name 42 a and/or the password 42 b associated with the user name and/or the mobile ID 42 c in addition to the user name 42 a and password 42 b, each time the synchronization operation is to be commenced. An authentication of camera or camcorder 120 is performed by authenticator 133, which ensures that camera or camcorder 120 is associated with a subscriber of the service provided by the synchronization server 50. For example, a public key and private key approach may be used for authenticating the camera or camcorder 120 by authenticator 133. Other authentication schemes are well known and may be used in addition to or instead of the one described.
  • [0049]
    Although synchronization server 50 is shown as a unit distinct from wireless provider 80, according to an aspect of Applicant's invention, wireless carrier or network provider 80 may provide the synchronization service and may thus house or provide synchronization server 50. According to an aspect of Applicant's invention, user preference module 132 may provide an automatic default setting for a timing of synchronization operations, and user preference module 132 may have a minimum threshold, for example five minutes, that cannot be overridden by the user that must elapse between synchronization operations. Also, a thirty minute or an hour minimum interval setting may be provided as the pre-set minimum time as the lowest acceptable setting that may be set by the user for the user preference module 132.
  • [0050]
    Synchronization application 130 of camera/camcorder 120 may perform a two-way synchronization operation with synchronization server 50 of the central node by comparing any newly added, deleted, manually changed or automatically updated camera records stored in camera/camcorder 120 with newly added, deleted, manually changed, or automatically updated camera records for the user maintained at synchronization server 50 of the central node. As part of the synchronization operation, synchronization application 130 may identify records of camera/camcorder 120 that correspond with the records for the user maintained at synchronization server 50 of the central node and generate a command queue for updating, based on the most recent records, the corresponding records maintained at the other device. That is, when a photo image or video file, or a version or an edited duplication of a photo image or video file, of the camera/camcorder 120 is deemed to be newer or to have been deleted, added or changed more recently than a corresponding photo image or a video file, or a version or an edited duplication of a photo image or video file, maintained at synchronization server 50 of the central node, then the corresponding record of synchronization server 50 will be updated. Conversely, when the photo image or video file, or a version or an edited duplication of a photo image or video file, maintained at synchronization server 50 is found to be more recent than the corresponding photo image or video file, or a version or an edited duplication of a photo image or video file, maintained at camera/camcorder 120, then the corresponding record maintained by camera/camcorder 120 will be updated as part of the automatic synchronization operation. Or if a corresponding photo, video file or other record is found to have been more recently deleted than that photo, video file or other record may be deleted also on the remaining device. It will be understood that other types of synchronization operations may be performed to achieve the synchronization discussed herein.
  • [0051]
    FIG. 6 is a flow chart illustrating an example of a series of steps performed as part of a synchronization operation according to an aspect of Applicant's invention. At S1 a timer indicates that a certain time has elapsed or a particular time of the hour or the day that has been predetermined to be the synchronization time has been reached and a synchronization operation is begun at S2. As an alternative to initiation of the synchronization operation commenced by the synchronization application 130 residing in the camera/camcorder 120, or in addition to the times of synchronization operation initiated by the synchronization application 130, according to an aspect of Applicant's disclosure the central synchronization application 160 residing at the synchronization server 50 may also commence in the synchronization operation. Accordingly, the central synchronization application 160 of the synchronization server 50 would signal the synchronization controller 131 or the synchronization application 130 to commence the synchronization operation. The subscriber's user name, password and the ID of the camera/camcorder are obtained from memory of the camera/camcorder 120 for authenticating the camera/camcorder 120 by the synchronization server 50. In addition to or instead of offering a password from a memory of the camera/camcorder, the user may be asked to provide a password. Further, synchronization preferences provided by the user and stored by the user preference module 132 may also be obtained to control what fields of data are to be synchronized. For example, the user may wish to synchronize only certain fields of data of the user content but not other fields. The user preference profile may provide a default setting in which all user content stored is automatically synchronized unless the user chooses a different setting.
  • [0052]
    At step S4 the central node is requested to provide all fields of user data that have been changed since the most recent synchronization operation and the data/time of the most recent change or update of each field that has been changed. GETcompare may be a method call requesting a list of all records associated with the requesting camera/camcorder 120 of the user and maintained at the central node that have been changed, added or deleted since the most recent synchronization operation.
  • [0053]
    FIG. 5 illustrates a list of operations performed by the synchronization application 130 as part of a synchronization operation written out as pseudo code. With reference to FIG. 5, FSCL, the File System Changes Log, is a representation of all the user records of interest on the camera/camcorder 120. oldFSCL is a list of all records on the camera/camcorder 120 as they existed before the current synchronization operation. Thus, since most devices do not keep a list of recently deleted files, the FSCL file is compared with the oldFSCL file to determine which file or files needs to be deleted by adding it to the DELETEqueue. Thus, the DELETEqueue is a list of records to be deleted from the central node, as determined by comparing the oldFSCL with the FSCL. Similarly, DELETEcam is a list of all records that are recently deleted on the central node. They are deleted via a DELETE command. The GETqueue is a list of records that are to be retrieved from the central node. Then, FSCL is compared with the GETcompare/oldFSCL. The POSTqueue, on the other hand, is a list of records to be posted using the POSTcommand to the central node. This list is determined by comparing the FSCL with the GETcompare/oldFSCL. Alternatively, all user content data from the central node may be requested and stored temporarily by the mobile terminal.
  • [0054]
    At S5 in FIG. 6, fields that have been changed may be stored temporarily by the synchronization application 130 in the camera/camcorder 120. Similarly, at F8 a File System Changes Log is generated or read out. This log represents all fields of the user content stored on the camera/camcorder 120 that have changed since the most recent synchronization operation.
  • [0055]
    Such a File Systems Changes Log may be generated in several ways, for example, a background process may be running that adds each file system change in the camera/camcorder 120 to the log, or at run time during the synchronization operation (or just before the synchronization operation) the files may be scanned and those fields that have changed since the most synchronization operation may be added to the log. The latter approach may be more applicable for the first synchronization operation and would be less susceptible to a catching changed field if the program had been turned off.
  • [0056]
    At S7 the corresponding fields of the records obtained from the central node and the file system changes log are determined. Such corresponding fields of the user record may be obtained, for example, if each field of user content is indexed by a searchable key. Then, at S10, for each corresponding record a determination is made as to which version, the version that had been maintained by the central node or the version that had been maintained by the camera/camcorder is the most recent version. This determination is made, in this example, based on the date/time stamp associated with each field of the user data of the GETcompare results and the File System Changes Log. If at S10 the version maintained at synchronization 50 is determined to be more recent, then a command is generated and added to a command queue to update content stored by the camera/camcorder 120. Alternatively, if the camera/camcorder 120 version is determined to be more recent for that field of the user data content, then a command is generated and added to the command queue to request that synchronization server 50 update the data stored at the central node, including by the database or the data storage cloud 51 (S11).
  • [0057]
    As shown in S13 the commands on the command queue are executed one after another. As shown in the flowchart of FIG. 6, two command queues may be generated, one at S12 containing the GET commands for obtaining data of the central node and updating the camera/camcorder 120 user content, and one at S14 containing the POST commands for updating the central node user content. At S16 a determination is made as to whether there was an error. If a GET error was made then the command is reposted to the GETqueue and if a POST error is made then the command is put back on the POSTqueue S14. It will be understood that while described using method calls of one computer language, many other types of command syntax are possible. Also, while the synchronization operation is described with reference to the approach illustrated in FIG. 6, it will be readily understood that many other types of synchronization operation are known that will make possible the update of a field of user data that has been changed by a user, in order to automatically update with new information that has been added, or to remove data has been deleted, to a less recent corresponding field.
  • [0058]
    At S20 commands effecting residual records are added to queues of residual commands, a residual get queue is generated at S18 and a residual post queue is generated at S19 and these command queues are added to respective command queues performed at the next synchronization operation, except that if a field effected by such residual command is more subsequently updated after the current synchronization operation then residual commands are not executed. At S21 the timer for starting the next synchronization operation is reset, such that, for example if a synchronization operation is set to be commenced every hour than the timer is set for an hour starting from the completion of the current synchronization operation. According to an aspect of Applicant's invention, user preference module 132 may provide an automatic default setting for a timing of synchronization operations, and user preference module 132 may have a minimum threshold, for example five minutes, that must elapse between synchronization operations. Also, a thirty minute or an hour minimum interval setting may be provided as the minimum time that may be set by the user by user preference module 132.
  • [0059]
    A basic outline of steps executed during a synchronization operation is illustrated in FIG. 7. At “Sign Up” an SMS (short message service message) or other such communication may be sent to the camera/camcorder 120 with a link to install the application. At “Compare” camera/camcorder 120 sends a command to the central node (Web), which replies with XML data required to synchronize. At “Synch from Camera” camera/camcorder 120 passes data to the central node, with the central node-transmitting confirmation. At “Synch from Web” the camera/camcorder 120 is requesting data from the central node. “Change Settings” is provided to update user account details from the camera/camcorder 120.
  • [0060]
    FIG. 8 illustrates a scheme for organizing user content data at the central node (sometimes referred to as the web-based system) in relation to camera/camcorder 120. FIG. 9 illustrates an example of a communication scheme between the client device and a central node server communicating via HTTPS via web 99, and also illustrates a PC terminal 90 that may be used by the subscriber to monitor data stored.
  • [0061]
    Central synchronization application 160 of synchronization server 50 of the central node may include a file saver 170 that automatically saves all photo images or video files deleted from camera/camcorder 120 as part of the current synchronization operation and that generates a special folder for such saved files. Thus, the user may wish later to recall such a deleted file from the saved file folder. Such a feature could be useful in case the user mistakenly deleted the photo images or video files at camera/camcorder 120 and then during the synchronization operation such deleted files would have been permanently removed from both camera/camcorder 120 and synchronization server 50.
  • [0062]
    Synchronization application 130 at camera/camcorder 120 may include user preference module 132 that receives a user designation of a first set of images that the user may also wish to keep stored at camera/camcorder 120, and the user may wish to exempt all such images or video records from being deleted or modified during synchronization operations. For example, the user may have a photo displayed as a screen saver, or a group of photos to be shown at camera/camcorder 120 for friends that the user wishes to exempt from synchronization or from deletion.
  • [0063]
    In addition, the user may wish to select a thumbnail mode, in which during the synchronization operation all photo images or video files that remain in camera/camcorder 120 after the synchronization operation are maintained only as thumbnails at the camera. Depending on the size of the memory of camera/camcorder 120, a very high number of such thumbnail representations could be stored at the camera, thus greatly increasing the number of images that may be held. Further, synchronization application 130 may include a thumbnail recall 137 that accepts a user selection of a selected thumbnail representation stored on the camera/camcorder 120 and generates a request transmitted to the synchronization server 50 for providing the full photo image or full video file corresponding to the thumbnail representation selected by the user. Thus, at any time the user may view the photo image or video file at camera/camcorder 120 returned from the synchronization server 50. Such a full photo image may be stored by camera/camcorder 120 indefinitely, only while it is being viewed or played at the camera/camcorder 120 after it is received or for some user-defined period. In this way, a “virtual memory” of camera/camcorder 120 may be extended a great deal by the use of only thumbnail representations maintained at camera/camcorder 120.
  • [0064]
    In the alternative, user preference module 132 may accept the user selection of a full representation synchronization mode, such that the synchronization operation leaves an entire photo image or video file for all the records of the camera that remain in the camera after the current synchronization operation.
  • [0065]
    In addition, the photo images, video files or the thumbnail representations may be organized or may be accessible using user-specified filters such as date, time or location of capture of the photo image or video file. In addition, the photo images, video files or thumbnail representations may be tagged and separated into groups based on associations of records thought desirable by the user. Thus, the user may wish to tag for a custom folder all photo images, video files or a thumbnail representation of a certain person, place or the like. In a similar vein, the user may select for synchronization with the central node only photo images or video files contained within a particular folder or those tagged and separated into a particular group, grouped by, for example date/time of capture, or location of capture, person or persons depicted in the photo image or video file, type of photo (e.g. portrait, day or night, flash or no flash, landscape, black and white or color, or the like).
  • [0066]
    Also, user preference module 132 may allow the user to select a mode in which photo images or video files deleted from the camera during the synchronization operation are nevertheless maintained in a special thumbnail folder of camera/camcorder 120. Thus, camera/camcorder 120 nevertheless could retain a thumbnail representation of photo images or video files that were automatically deleted or changed as part of the synchronization operation in the special thumbnail folder.
  • [0067]
    Further, according to a further aspect of the disclosure, if the user loses the camera/camcorder 120 the user may initiate a remote data wipe of all photo images, video files, thumbnail representations, user preferences or other user content or information stored in the camera/camcorder 120 by initiating a data wipe operation at the synchronization server 50. Thus, central synchronization application 160 may provide a command issued from local controller 161 for deleting all records stored on camera/camcorder 120 upon a special instruction received via web 99 from the terminal 90 of the user. Thus, the user may visit synchronization server 50, for example, via the web interface, in case camera/camcorder 120 becomes lost or damaged and initiate a request from the synchronization server 50 to delete all user records stored by the camera/camcorder 120. According to an aspect of the disclosure, such a “data wipe” operation would terminate further synchronization operations between camera/camcorder 120 and the central node so as to prevent loss of data held for the user at the central node. In this way, if the camera/camcorder 120 is found by an unscrupulous person, all user data stored at the camera/camcorder 120 will have been deleted. However, should the user obtain a replacement camera/camcorder 120, then user data stored at the central node can be downloaded to the replacement camera/camcorder 120 through an ordinary synchronization operation or using a special synchronization operation initiated by the user without burdening user without having to replace the data “manually.”
  • [0068]
    Also, camera 120 may be connected via a wired or wireless connection or maybe integrated with a GPS device and may automatically transmit a position of the camera/camcorder 120 to synchronization server 50. Synchronization server 50 may store the location of camera/camcorder 120 and may manage a file that contains a running list of most recent camera/camcorder 120 locations. In addition, a location of camera/camcorder 120 may be obtained using methods other than a GPS device, for example, using Wi-Fi connection port 71A/71B triangulation or base station 86A/86B triangulation, or direct signaling provided by Wi-Fi connection 71A/71B or base station 86A/86B for informing of the location. For example, GPRS (general packet radio service) may be used as a means of communication via the web 99 and the position of the camera/camcorder 120 may be performed accordingly. Also, location also may be determined based on a scene recognized by camera/camcorder 120 using scene recognition software.
  • [0069]
    Similarly, the user may use another terminal 90, such as desktop terminal, laptop, television unit, portable communication device or a handheld device to view, or manage photo images or video files maintained at the synchronization server 50 of the central node. Thus, the user may wish to add, delete, change manually, such as using a photo manipulation or video file manipulation application, the photo images and video files maintained at the synchronization server 50 of the central node. Such changes, additions or deletions would then be reflected in the camera 120 content after the next synchronization operation.
  • [0070]
    Terminal 90 may include a monitor as part of the physical user interface, such as a CRT television monitor, flat screen monitor, OLED, LCD, LED or plasma display, front projection or rear projection display or the like. Similarly, camera/camcorder 120 may have one or more such monitors or displays integrated therewith or integrated with communication device 121.
  • [0071]
    Also shown in FIG. 1 is auxiliary device 95, which may be a keyboard, computer, gaming device, headphone connected to user terminal 90 using a wired or wireless connection. Thus auxiliary device 95 may have its own display that controls and its own storage such that data stored at user terminal 90 may also be saved at auxiliary device 95.
  • [0072]
    FIG. 11 illustrates a graphical user interface for interacting with camera/camcorder 120 for authenticating the user and specifying the device associated with the user.
  • [0073]
    FIG. 12 illustrates a graphical user interface for interacting with camera/camcorder 120 to allow the user to specify what types of files to synchronize with the central node. Thus, user may wish to choose settings 25 such as videos 40 for synching or may select more than one or all of such settings. Also, FIG. 12 illustrates that user is prompted by a prompt such as “SynchHowOften?” prompt to input a response such as “30 minutes” as response 41 a. User may interact with camera/camcorder 120 via the arrow keys and buttons provided at 26, using “soft buttons” provided on interactive display, using a trackball or mouse, using voice commands recognized by specialized voice recognition software, via an interface provided by communication device 121 at which camera/camcorder 121 is “docked” or with which it is in wired or wireless communication, or the like.
  • [0074]
    Also shown in FIG. 1 is a database 51, which may be implemented as a data storage cloud, for storing user records. The synchronization server 50 may be implemented as a processor cloud. Database 51 may be connected directly to the synchronization server 50 or may be connected to a synchronization server 50 via web 99. The synchronization server 50 may be provided as a stand-alone service that is purchased or subscribed to by the user of the camera/camcorder 120, or the synchronization server 50 and the database 51 may be provided by the manufacturer or seller of the camera/camcorder 120 as part of the purchase of the camera/camcorder 120. Such services may be provided for an additional lump-sum payment or for periodic subscription fee.
  • [0075]
    Synchronization server 50 may be accessed by a parent or guardian to monitor user content of camera/camcorder 120 because the central node would automatically synchronize with camera/camcorder 120. Thus by accessing, for example, via a website synchronization server 50 of the central node, the parent could monitor the photo images or video files stored on the camera/camcorder 120. Also, synchronization server 50 may include user settings to control user content, such as porn filters or other filters for user content, and may flag or prevent the storage of all such objectionable content.
  • [0076]
    In addition, the user may interface using user interface 91 with user terminal 90, connected via the web 99 for communication with the synchronization server 50, and user terminal 90 may also store all or some of the photo images or video files stored on camera/camcorder 120. According to this aspect of the invention, during each synchronization operation, or following each synchronization operation between camera/camcorder 120 and synchronization server 50 of the central node, user terminal 90 may also be updated and synchronized with the most recent version of the photo images and video files.
  • [0077]
    In addition or in the alternative, user terminal 90 may have a separate synchronization application 130 that separately synchronizes with the central node at regular intervals or at other specified times so that the user terminal 90 maintains the most recent version of all photo images or video files. In addition, or in the alternative, user terminal 90 may be synchronized each time user terminal 90 is activated or each time user terminal 90 is connected to the web 99. User terminal 90 may also be connected to another device 95 via a wired or wireless connection, and this other device may be a television, a second camera or camcorder, a handheld device, a mobile communication, such as a cellular phone, notebook, or a tablet terminal, and all information that is monitored on the terminal 90 may also be monitored, or may be monitored exclusively, on monitored device 95.
  • [0078]
    Also contemplated is a camera-to-camera photo image or video file sharing feature. Two or more users may wish to share remotely photos or video files upon the request of one of the users. For example, a first user may wish to initiate a request to a second user to access all or some designated group of the photo images or video files of the second user. If the second user grants permission, then the first user is granted permission to view those photo images or video files. Such a request from the first user and such a response from the second user may be input using synchronization server 50 at the central node and transmitted to each camera or can be input to the camera/camcorder 120 and transmitted to the second camera directly or via the central node. Such a request may be made for a one-time share or may be a request to share automatically all such for user content in the future.
  • [0079]
    Also, a site recognition feature is contemplated in which people, companies, states, governments, organizations or other entities can submit various images, including photos or video files of certain locations or landmarks, that are of geographical, historical, political or other interest. When a user points camera 120 toward a landmark of geographic or historic significance, the camera may use recognition software to identify the landmark and a message can be provided to the user on the camera screen, with text identifying the name and other important information about the landmark. The recognition may be performed either using recognition software or based on a determination that the current location of the camera 120 is at or approximately at the location of the registered landmark of geographic or historical significance. The message to the user on the camera may be in the form of a text message or may be a semi-opaque overlay of the landmark. While described as a landmark or a building, it would be understood that such a landmark can consist of landscape of ecological or historical significance, such as a nature preserve or a park.
  • [0080]
    Similarly, the information uploaded and preset may be information of interest to the user about a particular location, building or landmark and when a determination is made that the camera 120 is at or near the landmark, the information could be presented to the user just as would be presented by a brochure or a tour guide. Also, other related points of interest nearby could be made available or presented to the user via camera 120.
  • [0081]
    Also contemplated is a system in which many such devices are all synchronized at the central node such that upon selection by the user of the device, or of types of content of a device, all such designated user content may be synchronized at the central node to all other selected devices or to any device designated by the user. Thus, the user may wish to view pictures or video data or recordings captured by camera 120A, 120B on the mobile device 20A, 20B, and in addition or instead, on the television 220A, 220B.
  • [0082]
    The camera may include a landmark guide information module 139D that stores information about various sites, such as landmarks or other geographic or architectural points of significance or sights and includes information, such as would be useful for a tourist or a visitor of the site, or information about neighboring sites to be recommended for the user, such as other similar or related landmarks, restaurants or hotels, airports or the like, which may be provided to the user in the form of textual information, textual marquis at the bottom of the camera screen or as an opaque or semi-opaque overlay over the site. For example, the overlay may include a picture or other image or representation of a building that is associated with or corresponds to the recognized site, taken during a historically significant time or taken from an advantageous or aesthetically pleasing perspective or angle. In the alternative, such information may be streamed from the central node based on the site recognized by the recognition software 139C at the camera 120A, 120B. Also, the camera may include a module for filtering photographs or video recordings, such as filtering such photos or video recordings by date, time or location of capture or according to whether the image or video file is of a person or a landscape or a group of people or whether it was taken at night or by day or in the U.S. or outside the U.S. or other such criteria.
  • [0083]
    Also, the user may also be able to tag each photo or video file with such indexing information so that such photos or video files may be associated together and recalled as a group or recalled individually based on a search entered by the user and keyed by such tagging information.
  • [0084]
    Also, synchronization may be performed automatically each time user content for any designated synchronized device is changed, updated, added or deleted. Such event-driven synchronization may be performed in addition to or instead of synchronization at set time intervals or at pre-specified times. Thus, the user may wish to perform synchronization with a device such as a camera 120A, 120B, which is less frequently used or for which data stored is less frequently changed, added or deleted, or for which content files include larger amounts of data and thus require more bandwidth and storage space, only upon the occurrence of a content changing event, such as the addition, deletion or the editing of user content. Also, the user may wish to port user data or other content immediately only in one direction between designated devices. For example, the user may wish to view television content received by the television 22A on the mobile terminal 20, but not to view content of the mobile device on the television 220A and thus, the user may set for only one way synchronization.
  • [0085]
    Also, while shown as mobile communication devices 20A and 20B, cameras 120A, 120B, televisions 220A, 220B and television auxiliary device 221, other types of devices may also be used to view synchronized content or to supply synchronized content. For example, such platforms may include printer devices, medical surgical equipment, electronic pens, radio devices, electronic shavers/electronic personal care device, lighting systems/fixtures, refrigerators microwave ovens, security systems (home or business), air conditioning systems, heating systems, electronic book readers, home or business entertainment systems, headphones, gaming devices, electronic billboards/signs, cook top stoves, electronic picture frames, elevators, electronic tables, dishwashers, washer/dryer laundry units, small to mid size kitchen appliances, electronic planners, electronic calendars, car computer systems and dashboard displays, wall mounted electric systems, aviation systems, boating computer systems, electronic toothbrushes, digital recorders, DVD player, blue ray players, cable-satellite set-top box, device remote control units, handheld “sky caddie” (golf device), GPS golf cart with or without “sky caddie” built in home/auto alarm systems, car rear camera/obstacle detector, portable automobile TV, on-board bicycle racer computer, landline phones, electronic doors, paper shredder, electric reclining chair, treadmills and workout bikes, vending machines, ticketing machines, toll/commuter fair machines or turnpikes pedometer built into shoe, cash register, coin counting machines, DVD renting units, self checkout machines.
  • [0086]
    For example, the user may wish to watch television content received at or stored at television 220A on mobile communication device or cellular telephone 20A or on camera 120A. Thus, the user may wish to initiate a porting of data received at or stored at television 220A via synchronization server 50 by initiating a one-way synchronization in which any new content received by television 220A is transmitted via the central node to the mobile communication device 20A and/or to the camera 120A. In addition, or in the alternative, user may initiate such one-way synchronization by setting a command at television 220A to transmit in real time, or upon the completion of receipt of an entire television program or other video file to the synchronization server 50 via the web 99. The synchronization server 50 would automatically forward such content to the mobile communication 20A and/or the camera 120A. In the alternative, synchronization server 50 may store any such television content or video file until the file is complete or the television program is finished uploading and then transmit the video file or television program to the mobile telephone 20A and/or to camera 120A.
  • [0087]
    In addition, synchronization application 130, illustrated in FIG. 2 also may include a virtual device controller 139B provided in the mobile communication device 20A and/or camera 120A to receive user command intended for directing or controlling television 220A so that the user may be allowed to transmit commands via the central node to the television 220A from the mobile communication device 20A and/or camera 120A to change the channel, program a video recorder integrated with or provided separate from television 220A, change a reception frequency or timing of a transmission from television 220A, change a volume setting or the like. While described in the above-described example as a mobile communication device 20A or as a camera 120A, it would be understood that other devices may be provided for receiving the ported data, such as one or more of the devices above-listed.
  • [0088]
    Also, user may wish to view mobile communication user content on television 220A or other such device and may wish to add, change, update, or delete such user content or the communication device 20A. For example, user may wish to view picture data, video files, or other image data, or change or monitor contact information stored on mobile device 20A on camera 220A or on such other device. This may be accomplished by transmitting such mobile device content data via synchronization server 50 to the remote device 220A. This may be accomplished with some regular frequency, for example as part of a one-way or a two-way synchronization between mobile communication device 20A and television 220A, or when requested by a user of television 220A or such one-way or two-way synchronization may occur automatically each time any mobile communication data is added, changed, deleted or updated at the mobile communication device 20A.
  • [0089]
    Similarly, the user may wish to view and/or participate in a game played at a gaming device 221 connected with or integrated to television 220B from a remote location using the mobile communication device 20A and/or camera 120A. Thus, the user may wish to play a game currently playing on gaming device 221, and may also wish to send instructions for directing the ball or in other ways directing action in the game using the interface provided at mobile communication device 20A and/or camera 120A. Thus, virtual device controller 139B of synchronization application 130 may receive such user commands intended for directing action at a gaming device 221 and may then transmit them via synchronization server 50 over the web 99 to a gaming device 221 and/or to connected television 220B.
  • [0090]
    Thus, synchronization as described in the foregoing description and thumbnailing of picture and video files may provide for reduced reliance on the memory of the camera/camcorder 120 and/or may require a smaller memory of the camera/camcorder 120, and a more streamlined camera/camcorder 120 may be obtainable.
  • [0091]
    Also, user preference module 132 may receive user commands for controlling what devices are to be included in the synchronization group and for controlling what types of user content files are to be included in the synchronization group. Thus, user may wish to select a number of devices for synchronization, all of which are to share all data using a two-way synchronization at regular intervals or upon the change, deletion or addition of any file at any of the synchronization group devices. In the alternative, user may wish to a select certain device, for example camera/camcorder 120, for one-way synchronization, such that picture data or video files captured by camera/camcorder 120 are backed up by synchronization server 50 at regular intervals or upon the capture, change or deletion or such picture data or video files. At the same time, user may wish not to have two-way synchronization if user wishes to set the camera/camcorder 120 not receive user content from other devices for synchronization. In the alternative, user may wish to synchronize video files of the camera/camcorder 120 but not photographic images, or vice-versa.
  • [0092]
    Although the present invention has been described in relation to particular embodiments thereof, many other variations and modifications and other uses will become apparent to those skilled in the art. It is preferred, therefore, that the present invention be limited not by the specific disclosure herein, but only by the appended claims.

Claims (61)

  1. 1. A camera including a user content synchronization module for automatically synchronizing image data stored as camera records by the camera with central records stored for the user by a central node remote from the camera, the camera records and the central records comprising at least one of photo images or video files, the user content synchronization module comprising:
    a synchronization controller configured to initiate a current synchronization operation;
    a state comparator configured to identify, as a changed central record, any central records for the user changed, deleted or added since a last synchronization operation, and to identify, as a changed camera record, any camera records changed, deleted or added since the last synchronization operation, the last synchronization operation being a synchronization operation performed most recently prior to the current synchronization operation by the camera;
    the state comparator being further configured to determine whether the changed central record is a corresponding record to the changed camera record, the corresponding record being a record that refers to a different version of the same record than another record, and to identify, as a most recently modified record, only one record of a group consisting of the changed central record and the changed camera record; and
    a command generator configured to generate a command queue comprising a command to update based on the most recently modified record, the command being a command sent to the central node to update the central records for the user when the most recently modified record is the changed camera record, and the command being a command to the camera to update the camera records when the most recently modified record is the changed central record.
  2. 2. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera is a camcorder configured to record video data.
  3. 3. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera is a digital camera configured to record photo image data.
  4. 4. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera is a device configured to record both video data and photo image data.
  5. 5. The camera of claim 1, wherein the user content synchronization module comprises a web access module configured to communicate with the central node via the internet.
  6. 6. The camera of claim 5, wherein the camera receives content data from the central node as XML data.
  7. 7. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera comprises a wireless communication device configured to connect wirelessly with a Wi-Fi port remote from the camera.
  8. 8. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera comprises a portal for a wired connection with an internet connection device having a web browser for connecting to the central node via internet.
  9. 9. The camera of claim 8, wherein the synchronization controller is configured to initiate automatically the current synchronization operation upon connection with the internet connection device.
  10. 10. The camera of claim 1, wherein the synchronization controller is configured to initiate automatically the current synchronization operation regularly after a predetermined time period.
  11. 11. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a user preference module configured to receive and to store a user-specified time period, wherein the predetermined time period is the user-specified time period and the predetermined time period is at least 30 minutes.
  12. 12. In combination, the camera of claim 1 and a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions configured to run at the central node and configured to manage the central node during the current synchronization.
  13. 13. The combination of claim 12, wherein the program of instructions at the central node is configured maintain a deleted camera records folder comprising camera records deleted during the current synchronization operation and recallable upon user command.
  14. 14. The combination of claim 12, wherein the program of instructions at the central node is configured to maintain only thumbnail representations of the deleted camera records for the deleted camera records folder.
  15. 15. The combination of claim 12, wherein the program of instructions at the central node is configured to initiate the current synchronization operation by transmitting a synchronization operation start command to the user content synchronization module.
  16. 16. The combination of claim 12, wherein the program of instructions at the central node further comprises an off-line storage module configured to synchronize the central records with a second user device, the second user device being a device other than the camera.
  17. 17. The combination of claim 12, wherein the program of instructions at the central node further comprises a remote wiper configured to signal the user content synchronization module to delete all camera records.
  18. 18. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a user preference module configured to receive and to store a user designation of a selected set of camera records, the selected set of camera records being exempt from deletion or modification at the camera during the current synchronization operation.
  19. 19. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a user preference module configured to receive and to store a user selection of a thumbnail synch mode or a full record mode,
    wherein upon selection of the thumbnail synch mode, during the current synchronization operation the command generator is configured to store only a thumbnail representation of every camera record that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation, and
    wherein the upon selection of the full record mode, during the current synchronization operation the command generator is configured to store an entire camera record of all camera records that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation.
  20. 20. The camera of claim 19, wherein the user content synchronization module further comprises a thumbnail recall unit configured to generate, upon a user selection of a thumbnail representation, a request for the central node to transmit to the camera the central record corresponding to the thumbnail representation for viewing the central record on the camera.
  21. 21. In combination, the camera of claim 1 and a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions configured to run on an internet connection device having a web browser for connecting to the central node via the internet, the program of instructions configured to manage the internet connection device to automatically connect with the camera via a wired or a wireless connection.
  22. 22. The combination of claim 21, wherein the synchronization controller is configured to initiate automatically the current synchronization operation upon connection with the internet connection device.
  23. 23. The camera of claim 1, wherein during the current synchronization operation, the command generator is configured to generate a thumbnail representation of every camera record that remains in the camera after the current synchronization operation.
  24. 24. The camera of claim 1, wherein during the current synchronization operation, the command generator is configured to retain a thumbnail representation of every camera record deleted from the camera during the current synchronization operation.
  25. 25. The camera of claim 1, wherein the synchronization operation module further comprises a thumbnail recall unit configured to generate, upon a user selection of a thumbnail representation, a request for the central node for transmitting to the camera a full image representation of the central record corresponding to the thumbnail representation for viewing the central record on the camera.
  26. 26. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a position relay module configured to transmit to the central node for storing in the central records for the user a current position of the camera.
  27. 27. The camera of claim 26, wherein the position relay module is configured to transmit the current position at a time of the current synchronization operation.
  28. 28. The camera of claim 26, wherein the position relay module is configured to retrieve the current position from a GPS unit integrated with, or in wired or wireless communication with, the camera.
  29. 29. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a location-based information module configured to provide guide information to the user based on a current position of the camera.
  30. 30. The camera of claim 29, wherein the current position of the camera is detected based on GPS information, based on cellular network triangulation, based on scene recognition of a scene viewed by the camera, or based on some combination of the foregoing.
  31. 31. The camera of claim 29, wherein the camera comprises sight recognition software to recognize a spot viewed by the camera and to provide the guide information based on the spot recognized.
  32. 32. The camera of claim 29, wherein the guide information is stored in the camera or downloaded from the central node.
  33. 33. The camera of claim 29, wherein the guide information is provided as a textual marquis or as an overlay.
  34. 34. The camera of claim 29, wherein the guide information includes information about surrounding structures or locations other than the sight immediately recognized.
  35. 35. The camera of claim 1, further comprising a filtering module configured to allow a user to recall saved photos or video files based on a date, time, location, or a combination of the date, time and location of capture of the image or video file.
  36. 36. The camera of claim 35, further comprising a tagging module configured to tag an image or a video file and to file the image or video file so as to be later recallable by the user by the tag.
  37. 37. The camera of claim 36, wherein the tagging module provides tags including date, time, location of capture, or a combination of date, time and location of capture.
  38. 38. A system for porting user content between a first user device and a second user device over the internet via a central node, the system comprising:
    a first user content synchronization module positioned in the first user device and configured to synchronize automatically files of user content uploaded via the internet to the central node from the second user device by determining whether any of the files of user content at the central node are more recently changed, deleted or added than corresponding files of user content stored at the first user device;
    a second user content synchronization module positioned in the second user device and configured to synchronize with the first user device by uploading via the internet the files of user content to the central node by determining whether any of the files of user content at the second user device are more recently changed, deleted or added than corresponding files of user content stored at the central node;
    a third user content synchronization module positioned at the central node and configured to transmit automatically to the first user device the user content; and
    a user preference module configured to receive a user command for initiating synchronization by activating at least one of the first user content synchronization module, the second user content synchronization module, or the third synchronization module.
  39. 39. The system of claim 38, wherein the user preference module comprises a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions positioned in the first user device, and the user preference module activates the first user content synchronization module to initiate synchronization.
  40. 40. The system of claim 38, wherein the user preference module comprises a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions positioned in the second user device, and the user preference module activates the second user content synchronization module to initiate synchronization.
  41. 41. The system of claim 38, wherein the user preference module comprises a processor-readable medium incorporating a program of instructions positioned in the central node, and the user preference module activating the central node for initiating synchronization.
  42. 42. The system of claim 38, wherein the third user content synchronization module informs the first user content synchronization module to initiate the synchronization when any files of the user content are uploaded from the second user device.
  43. 43. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device comprises a headphone configured to play audio information and is configured to be worn by a user's head.
  44. 44. The system of claim 38, wherein the second user device comprises a headphone configured to play audio information and is configured to be worn by a user's head.
  45. 45. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user content synchronization module provides a list of the files of the user content to the user.
  46. 46. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device comprises a camera or camcorder.
  47. 47. The system of claim 38, wherein the second user device comprises a camera or camcorder.
  48. 48. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device comprises a mobile communication device.
  49. 49. The system of claim 38, wherein the user preference module is configured to initiate the synchronization automatically and immediately each time user content is received at the second user device.
  50. 50. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user content synchronization module is configured to initiate the synchronization with regularly occurring frequency.
  51. 51. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user content synchronization module is configured to perform a current two-way synchronization operation such that a first device file of the user content stored at the first user device is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the central node, and such that a central file of user content stored at the central node is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the first user device.
  52. 52. The system of claim 51, wherein the first user content synchronization module is configured to perform the current two-way synchronization operation each time the first device file or the central file is added, changed or deleted.
  53. 53. The system of claim 51, wherein the first user content synchronization module is configured to perform the current two-way synchronization operation with regularly occurring frequency.
  54. 54. The system of claim 51, wherein the second user content synchronization module is configured to perform a current two-way synchronization operation such that a second device file of the user content stored at the second user device is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the central node, and such that a central file of user content stored at the central node is updated automatically by any corresponding user content added, changed or deleted at the second user device.
  55. 55. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device is a mobile communication device.
  56. 56. The system of claim 38, wherein the second user device comprises a television.
  57. 57. The system of claim 38, wherein the second user device comprises a gaming device.
  58. 58. The system of claim 38, wherein the second user device comprises a mobile communication device.
  59. 59. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user content synchronization module further comprises a virtual device controller configured to receive user commands for controlling the second user device and to transmit signals via the central node for controlling the second user device based on the user commands received.
  60. 60. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device is a mobile communication device and wherein the second user device comprises a television.
  61. 61. The system of claim 38, wherein the first user device is a mobile communication device,
    wherein the second user device comprises a gaming device, and
    wherein the first user content synchronization module further comprises a virtual device controller configured to receive user commands for controlling the second user device and to transmit signals via the central node for controlling the second user device based on the user commands received.
US12645806 2009-12-23 2009-12-23 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system Abandoned US20110149086A1 (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US12645806 US20110149086A1 (en) 2009-12-23 2009-12-23 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Applications Claiming Priority (2)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US12645806 US20110149086A1 (en) 2009-12-23 2009-12-23 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US13363977 US8976253B2 (en) 2009-12-23 2012-02-01 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Related Child Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US13363977 Division US8976253B2 (en) 2009-12-23 2012-02-01 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20110149086A1 true true US20110149086A1 (en) 2011-06-23

Family

ID=44150514

Family Applications (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US12645806 Abandoned US20110149086A1 (en) 2009-12-23 2009-12-23 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US13363977 Active 2031-03-30 US8976253B2 (en) 2009-12-23 2012-02-01 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Family Applications After (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US13363977 Active 2031-03-30 US8976253B2 (en) 2009-12-23 2012-02-01 Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (2) US20110149086A1 (en)

Cited By (13)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20110258333A1 (en) * 2010-04-16 2011-10-20 Oracle America, Inc. Cloud connector key
US20120019617A1 (en) * 2010-07-23 2012-01-26 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Apparatus and method for generating a three-dimension image data in portable terminal
US20120127328A1 (en) * 2009-12-23 2012-05-24 Winbush Iii Amos Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US20120176504A1 (en) * 2011-01-07 2012-07-12 Apple Inc. Systems and methods for providing timestamping management for electronic photographs
US20130132447A1 (en) * 2011-11-22 2013-05-23 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Document management apparatus improved in efficiency of deletion of files, method of controlling the same, and storage medium
US20130276075A1 (en) * 2011-09-01 2013-10-17 Michelle X. Gong Secure Peer-to-Peer Network Setup
WO2014040157A1 (en) * 2012-09-12 2014-03-20 Coelho Fabricio Vilela System and method for sharing collaborative digital photo albums
US20140269911A1 (en) * 2013-03-13 2014-09-18 Dropbox Inc. Batch compression of photos
US8897447B1 (en) 2012-05-07 2014-11-25 Google Inc. Burst tethering for mobile communication devices
US20150081633A1 (en) * 2012-05-28 2015-03-19 Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited Data synchronization method and device
US20150081580A1 (en) * 2013-09-18 2015-03-19 James Brian Fry Video record receipt system and method of use
US20150103179A1 (en) * 2010-11-05 2015-04-16 Tom Galvin Network video recorder system
US20150242597A1 (en) * 2014-02-24 2015-08-27 Google Inc. Transferring authorization from an authenticated device to an unauthenticated device

Families Citing this family (4)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
JP6139829B2 (en) * 2012-07-20 2017-05-31 キヤノン株式会社 The information processing apparatus and a control method thereof, a program
US9075954B2 (en) 2012-08-29 2015-07-07 Dropbox, Inc. Requesting modification rights to a linked file set
EP2932704A4 (en) * 2012-12-13 2016-07-20 Thomson Licensing Remote control of a camera module
US9104687B2 (en) * 2012-12-20 2015-08-11 Dropbox, Inc. System and method for preventing duplicate uploads of modified photos in a synchronized content management system

Citations (64)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5684990A (en) * 1995-01-11 1997-11-04 Puma Technology, Inc. Synchronization of disparate databases
US5832489A (en) * 1995-10-18 1998-11-03 3 Com Corporation Method and apparatus for synchronizing information on two different computer systems
US5974238A (en) * 1996-08-07 1999-10-26 Compaq Computer Corporation Automatic data synchronization between a handheld and a host computer using pseudo cache including tags and logical data elements
US6000000A (en) * 1995-10-13 1999-12-07 3Com Corporation Extendible method and apparatus for synchronizing multiple files on two different computer systems
US6006274A (en) * 1997-01-30 1999-12-21 3Com Corporation Method and apparatus using a pass through personal computer connected to both a local communication link and a computer network for indentifying and synchronizing a preferred computer with a portable computer
US6034621A (en) * 1997-11-18 2000-03-07 Lucent Technologies, Inc. Wireless remote synchronization of data between PC and PDA
US6377958B1 (en) * 1998-07-15 2002-04-23 Powerquest Corporation File system conversion
US20020169830A1 (en) * 2001-05-08 2002-11-14 Wilhelm Mild System and method for redirection of host data access to multiple non-host file systems or data stores
US20030139175A1 (en) * 2001-01-20 2003-07-24 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. System and method for remotely controlling a mobile terminal
US20030182327A1 (en) * 2002-03-20 2003-09-25 Srinivasan Ramanujam Synchronizing data shared between two devices independent of any other devices that may also share the data
US20030220966A1 (en) * 2002-05-24 2003-11-27 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for dynamic content dependent conflict resolution
US6671757B1 (en) * 2000-01-26 2003-12-30 Fusionone, Inc. Data transfer and synchronization system
US20040172423A1 (en) * 2003-02-28 2004-09-02 Microsoft Corporation Method and system for synchronizing data shared among peer computing devices
US20050044165A1 (en) * 2003-01-23 2005-02-24 O'farrell Robert System and method for mobile data update
US20050073389A1 (en) * 2003-10-01 2005-04-07 Chandley Adrian Mark Systems and methods for deterring theft of electronic devices
US20050102329A1 (en) * 2003-11-10 2005-05-12 Jiang Zhaowei C. Backup and restore in mobile applications
US6901434B1 (en) * 2000-05-31 2005-05-31 Palmsource, Inc. Synchronization of data between two handheld computers
US6909457B1 (en) * 1998-09-30 2005-06-21 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Camera control system that controls a plurality of linked cameras
US20050186989A1 (en) * 2002-04-02 2005-08-25 Keith Cocita Cell phone feature
US20050191998A1 (en) * 2004-02-27 2005-09-01 Onyon Richard M. Wireless telephone data backup system
US20050251540A1 (en) * 2004-05-10 2005-11-10 Sim-Tang Siew Y Method and system for real-time event journaling to provide enterprise data services
US20050262097A1 (en) * 2004-05-07 2005-11-24 Sim-Tang Siew Y System for moving real-time data events across a plurality of devices in a network for simultaneous data protection, replication, and access services
US20050262146A1 (en) * 2004-01-21 2005-11-24 Grace James R System and apparatus for wireless synchronization of multimedia content
US20060031541A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2006-02-09 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation System and methods for remotely recovering and purging data from a wireless device in a communications network
US20060041603A1 (en) * 2004-05-24 2006-02-23 Toby Paterson Method of synchronising
US7031722B2 (en) * 1999-05-05 2006-04-18 Nokia Corporation Method for positioning a mobile station
US20060094419A1 (en) * 2004-11-04 2006-05-04 Nec Corporation Data backup system and method for mobile communication terminal, mobile communication terminal and backup device used for same, and backup data transmission method
US20060101064A1 (en) * 2004-11-08 2006-05-11 Sharpcast, Inc. Method and apparatus for a file sharing and synchronization system
US20060149794A1 (en) * 2004-12-10 2006-07-06 Seven Networks International Oy Database synchronization
US20060168351A1 (en) * 2004-10-25 2006-07-27 Apple Computer, Inc. Wireless synchronization between media player and host device
US20060173954A1 (en) * 2005-01-06 2006-08-03 Ntt Docomo, Inc. Mobile device and content transmission method
US20060174017A1 (en) * 2005-01-28 2006-08-03 Research In Motion Limited Automated integration of content from multiple information stores using a mobile communication device
US20060184591A1 (en) * 2004-12-29 2006-08-17 Seven Networks International Oy Database synchronization via a mobile network
US20060189348A1 (en) * 2005-02-23 2006-08-24 Memory Matrix, Inc. Systems and methods for automatic synchronization of cellular telephones
US20060206583A1 (en) * 2005-03-10 2006-09-14 Microsoft Corporation Framework for managing client application data in offline and online environments
US20060206533A1 (en) * 2005-02-28 2006-09-14 Microsoft Corporation Online storage with metadata-based retrieval
US20060218224A1 (en) * 2004-12-23 2006-09-28 Anish Agrawal Systems and methods for continuous PIM synchronization between a host computer and a client handheld device
US20060234679A1 (en) * 2005-04-19 2006-10-19 Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha Information protection system for mobile terminal device, information protection method for mobile terminal device, control program, computer-readable medium and electronic information device
US20060276168A1 (en) * 2005-06-06 2006-12-07 Fuller Marvin U Jr System and methods for providing updated mobile station location estimates to emergency services providers
US20070021112A1 (en) * 2005-07-21 2007-01-25 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Method and system for ensuring mobile data security
US20070037585A1 (en) * 2005-08-11 2007-02-15 Lg Electronics Inc. Periodic positioning method in mobile communications system
US20070038857A1 (en) * 2005-08-09 2007-02-15 Gosnell Thomas F Data archiving system
US20070072624A1 (en) * 2005-08-19 2007-03-29 Nokia Corporation Mobile access network server
US20070117574A1 (en) * 2005-11-22 2007-05-24 Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. Electronic apparatus, communication system, and program
US20070149208A1 (en) * 2002-12-27 2007-06-28 Hanno Syrbe Location based services for mobile communication terminals
US20070180075A1 (en) * 2002-04-25 2007-08-02 Doug Chasman System and method for synchronization of version annotated objects
US20070255854A1 (en) * 2006-04-27 2007-11-01 Microsoft Corporation Synchronization Orchestration
US20070298761A1 (en) * 2006-06-27 2007-12-27 Motorola, Inc. Method and system for locating a wireless device in a wireless communication network
US20080114855A1 (en) * 2006-11-15 2008-05-15 Bharat Welingkar Over-the-air device services and management
US20080115226A1 (en) * 2006-11-15 2008-05-15 Bharat Welingkar Over-the-air device kill pill and lock
US20080120369A1 (en) * 2006-11-16 2008-05-22 Gustavsson Bengt Stefan Media center for picture sharing
US20080162501A1 (en) * 2006-12-27 2008-07-03 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for memory management in an electronic device
US20080162597A1 (en) * 2006-12-27 2008-07-03 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for synchronizing databases connected by wireless interface
US20080233919A1 (en) * 2004-02-20 2008-09-25 Nokia Corporation System and Method for Limiting Mobile Device Functionality.
US20090037484A1 (en) * 2007-08-01 2009-02-05 Sybase, Inc. Programming system for occasionally-connected mobile business applications
US20090138526A1 (en) * 2006-06-01 2009-05-28 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for synchronizing of databases
US20090150569A1 (en) * 2007-12-07 2009-06-11 Avi Kumar Synchronization system and method for mobile devices
US20090201908A1 (en) * 2008-02-08 2009-08-13 Yoad Gidron System and method for flexible data retrieval for mobile communication devices
US20090203402A1 (en) * 2008-02-12 2009-08-13 Microsoft Corporation Utilizing mobile device functionality from remote computers
US20090210454A1 (en) * 2008-02-18 2009-08-20 Microsoft Corporation File system watcher in the presence of different file systems
US20090247134A1 (en) * 2008-03-28 2009-10-01 Ianywhere Solutions,Inc. Synchronizing communications and data between mobile devices and servers
US20090282125A1 (en) * 2008-03-28 2009-11-12 Jeide Scott A Synchronizing Events Between Mobile Devices and Servers
US20110196826A1 (en) * 2008-10-31 2011-08-11 Iono Broadcasting (Proprietary) Limited Electronic Media Content Management System and Method of Operating an Electronic Media Content Management System
US8090402B1 (en) * 2003-09-26 2012-01-03 Iwao Fujisaki Communication device

Family Cites Families (49)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5666530A (en) 1992-12-02 1997-09-09 Compaq Computer Corporation System for automatic synchronization of common file between portable computer and host computer via communication channel selected from a plurality of usable channels there between
US6295541B1 (en) 1997-12-16 2001-09-25 Starfish Software, Inc. System and methods for synchronizing two or more datasets
US7209955B1 (en) 1998-05-29 2007-04-24 Research In Motion Limited Notification system and method for a mobile data communication device
US6438585B2 (en) 1998-05-29 2002-08-20 Research In Motion Limited System and method for redirecting message attachments between a host system and a mobile data communication device
US6516327B1 (en) 1998-12-24 2003-02-04 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for synchronizing data in multiple databases
US6470358B1 (en) 1999-01-22 2002-10-22 Siemens Information And Communication Networks, Inc. Remote synchronization with intelligent power management
US6457062B1 (en) 1999-04-08 2002-09-24 Palm, Inc. System and method for synchronizing multiple calendars over wide area network
US6308201B1 (en) 1999-04-08 2001-10-23 Palm, Inc. System and method for sharing data among a plurality of personal digital assistants
US6694335B1 (en) 1999-10-04 2004-02-17 Microsoft Corporation Method, computer readable medium, and system for monitoring the state of a collection of resources
WO2001035211A3 (en) 1999-11-09 2002-04-25 Jarna Inc Synchronizing data among multiple devices in a peer-to-peer environment
US7197531B2 (en) * 2000-12-29 2007-03-27 Fotomedia Technologies, Llc Meta-application architecture for integrating photo-service websites for browser-enabled devices
US20020194207A1 (en) 2001-01-03 2002-12-19 Bartlett Troy L. System and method for data synronization between remote devices
US7092699B1 (en) 2001-04-11 2006-08-15 Verizon Laboratories Inc. Seamless wireless phone access service
US6760865B2 (en) 2001-05-16 2004-07-06 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Multiple level built-in self-test controller and method therefor
US6901415B2 (en) 2001-06-27 2005-05-31 Microsoft Corporation Method and system for processing notifications
US7076567B1 (en) 2002-04-25 2006-07-11 Oracle International Corporation Simplified application object data synchronization for optimized data storage
JP4662679B2 (en) * 2002-09-06 2011-03-30 ソニー株式会社 An information processing apparatus and method, an information processing system, and program
JP4240973B2 (en) * 2002-09-26 2009-03-18 ソニー株式会社 An image processing system, image processing apparatus and method, recording medium, and program
US20040205286A1 (en) * 2003-04-11 2004-10-14 Bryant Steven M. Grouping digital images using a digital camera
US20050037787A1 (en) 2003-06-27 2005-02-17 Rosett-Wireless Corporation Wireless intelligent portable-server system (WIPSS)
US7840892B2 (en) * 2003-08-29 2010-11-23 Nokia Corporation Organization and maintenance of images using metadata
US7962575B2 (en) 2003-11-03 2011-06-14 Grape Technology Group, Inc. System and method for data synchronization between devices
US20050131957A1 (en) 2003-12-15 2005-06-16 Watkinson Michael D. Mobile imagebase
CA2554135C (en) * 2003-12-24 2013-09-24 Walker Digital, Llc Method and apparatus for automatically capturing and managing images
US7526768B2 (en) 2004-02-04 2009-04-28 Microsoft Corporation Cross-pollination of multiple sync sources
US20050234864A1 (en) * 2004-04-20 2005-10-20 Shapiro Aaron M Systems and methods for improved data sharing and content transformation
US7650432B2 (en) 2004-05-20 2010-01-19 Bea Systems, Inc. Occasionally-connected application server
US20060075075A1 (en) 2004-10-01 2006-04-06 Malinen Jouni I Method and system to contextually initiate synchronization services on mobile terminals in an enterprise environment
US20060085429A1 (en) 2004-10-15 2006-04-20 Nokia Corporation Acknowledged delivery of full email state change to mobile email clients after involuntary disconnects
US7945535B2 (en) * 2004-12-13 2011-05-17 Microsoft Corporation Automatic publishing of digital content
US20060174203A1 (en) * 2005-01-31 2006-08-03 Searete Llc, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware Viewfinder for shared image device
US20070120980A1 (en) * 2005-10-31 2007-05-31 Searete Llc, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware Preservation/degradation of video/audio aspects of a data stream
US20070014277A1 (en) 2005-07-14 2007-01-18 Yahoo! Inc. Content router repository
US9252977B2 (en) 2005-11-03 2016-02-02 B.S.D. Crown Ltd Method and system for an uncompromising connection from a computing device having information storage like email server to a wireless mobile device
US7747567B2 (en) 2005-12-30 2010-06-29 Microsoft Corporation Separation of conflict resolution from synchronization
WO2008065482A1 (en) 2006-01-24 2008-06-05 Lai, Josephine, Suk, Ying System and method for synchronization
JP4635894B2 (en) * 2006-02-13 2011-02-23 ソニー株式会社 An information processing apparatus and method, and program
CN101047707A (en) 2006-03-30 2007-10-03 华为技术有限公司 Method and system for initiating equipment ability information consultation
US20070250645A1 (en) 2006-04-20 2007-10-25 Robert Meadows Mobile phone data backup system
US7933296B2 (en) 2007-03-02 2011-04-26 Microsoft Corporation Services for data sharing and synchronization
US20090044128A1 (en) * 2007-08-06 2009-02-12 Apple Computer, Inc. Adaptive publishing of content
US20090082441A1 (en) 2007-09-25 2009-03-26 Protia, Llc Deuterium-enriched tesaglitazar
US8825815B2 (en) 2008-01-08 2014-09-02 Amdocs Software Systems Limited System and method for client synchronization for a communication device
US20090182821A1 (en) 2008-01-15 2009-07-16 Research In Motion Limited Apparatus and associated method for providing network based address book and sharing and synchornizing address book information at multiple communication devices
US8429123B2 (en) 2008-06-06 2013-04-23 Apple Inc. Synchronization improvements
US8103718B2 (en) 2008-07-31 2012-01-24 Microsoft Corporation Content discovery and transfer between mobile communications nodes
KR101208427B1 (en) * 2008-12-22 2012-12-05 한국전자통신연구원 Multiple camera control and video storage device and a method for obtaining a synchronized multi-image
US20110149086A1 (en) * 2009-12-23 2011-06-23 Winbush Iii Amos Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US8503984B2 (en) * 2009-12-23 2013-08-06 Amos Winbush, III Mobile communication device user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system

Patent Citations (65)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5684990A (en) * 1995-01-11 1997-11-04 Puma Technology, Inc. Synchronization of disparate databases
US6000000A (en) * 1995-10-13 1999-12-07 3Com Corporation Extendible method and apparatus for synchronizing multiple files on two different computer systems
US5832489A (en) * 1995-10-18 1998-11-03 3 Com Corporation Method and apparatus for synchronizing information on two different computer systems
US5974238A (en) * 1996-08-07 1999-10-26 Compaq Computer Corporation Automatic data synchronization between a handheld and a host computer using pseudo cache including tags and logical data elements
US6006274A (en) * 1997-01-30 1999-12-21 3Com Corporation Method and apparatus using a pass through personal computer connected to both a local communication link and a computer network for indentifying and synchronizing a preferred computer with a portable computer
US6034621A (en) * 1997-11-18 2000-03-07 Lucent Technologies, Inc. Wireless remote synchronization of data between PC and PDA
US6377958B1 (en) * 1998-07-15 2002-04-23 Powerquest Corporation File system conversion
US6909457B1 (en) * 1998-09-30 2005-06-21 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Camera control system that controls a plurality of linked cameras
US7031722B2 (en) * 1999-05-05 2006-04-18 Nokia Corporation Method for positioning a mobile station
US6671757B1 (en) * 2000-01-26 2003-12-30 Fusionone, Inc. Data transfer and synchronization system
US6901434B1 (en) * 2000-05-31 2005-05-31 Palmsource, Inc. Synchronization of data between two handheld computers
US20030139175A1 (en) * 2001-01-20 2003-07-24 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. System and method for remotely controlling a mobile terminal
US20020169830A1 (en) * 2001-05-08 2002-11-14 Wilhelm Mild System and method for redirection of host data access to multiple non-host file systems or data stores
US20030182327A1 (en) * 2002-03-20 2003-09-25 Srinivasan Ramanujam Synchronizing data shared between two devices independent of any other devices that may also share the data
US20050186989A1 (en) * 2002-04-02 2005-08-25 Keith Cocita Cell phone feature
US20070180075A1 (en) * 2002-04-25 2007-08-02 Doug Chasman System and method for synchronization of version annotated objects
US20030220966A1 (en) * 2002-05-24 2003-11-27 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for dynamic content dependent conflict resolution
US20070149208A1 (en) * 2002-12-27 2007-06-28 Hanno Syrbe Location based services for mobile communication terminals
US20050044165A1 (en) * 2003-01-23 2005-02-24 O'farrell Robert System and method for mobile data update
US20040172423A1 (en) * 2003-02-28 2004-09-02 Microsoft Corporation Method and system for synchronizing data shared among peer computing devices
US8090402B1 (en) * 2003-09-26 2012-01-03 Iwao Fujisaki Communication device
US20050073389A1 (en) * 2003-10-01 2005-04-07 Chandley Adrian Mark Systems and methods for deterring theft of electronic devices
US20050102329A1 (en) * 2003-11-10 2005-05-12 Jiang Zhaowei C. Backup and restore in mobile applications
US20050262146A1 (en) * 2004-01-21 2005-11-24 Grace James R System and apparatus for wireless synchronization of multimedia content
US20080233919A1 (en) * 2004-02-20 2008-09-25 Nokia Corporation System and Method for Limiting Mobile Device Functionality.
US20050191998A1 (en) * 2004-02-27 2005-09-01 Onyon Richard M. Wireless telephone data backup system
US20050262097A1 (en) * 2004-05-07 2005-11-24 Sim-Tang Siew Y System for moving real-time data events across a plurality of devices in a network for simultaneous data protection, replication, and access services
US20050251540A1 (en) * 2004-05-10 2005-11-10 Sim-Tang Siew Y Method and system for real-time event journaling to provide enterprise data services
US20060041603A1 (en) * 2004-05-24 2006-02-23 Toby Paterson Method of synchronising
US20060031541A1 (en) * 2004-06-30 2006-02-09 Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corporation System and methods for remotely recovering and purging data from a wireless device in a communications network
US20060168351A1 (en) * 2004-10-25 2006-07-27 Apple Computer, Inc. Wireless synchronization between media player and host device
US20060094419A1 (en) * 2004-11-04 2006-05-04 Nec Corporation Data backup system and method for mobile communication terminal, mobile communication terminal and backup device used for same, and backup data transmission method
US20060101064A1 (en) * 2004-11-08 2006-05-11 Sharpcast, Inc. Method and apparatus for a file sharing and synchronization system
US20060149794A1 (en) * 2004-12-10 2006-07-06 Seven Networks International Oy Database synchronization
US20060218224A1 (en) * 2004-12-23 2006-09-28 Anish Agrawal Systems and methods for continuous PIM synchronization between a host computer and a client handheld device
US20060184591A1 (en) * 2004-12-29 2006-08-17 Seven Networks International Oy Database synchronization via a mobile network
US20060173954A1 (en) * 2005-01-06 2006-08-03 Ntt Docomo, Inc. Mobile device and content transmission method
US20060174017A1 (en) * 2005-01-28 2006-08-03 Research In Motion Limited Automated integration of content from multiple information stores using a mobile communication device
US20060189348A1 (en) * 2005-02-23 2006-08-24 Memory Matrix, Inc. Systems and methods for automatic synchronization of cellular telephones
US20060206533A1 (en) * 2005-02-28 2006-09-14 Microsoft Corporation Online storage with metadata-based retrieval
US20060206583A1 (en) * 2005-03-10 2006-09-14 Microsoft Corporation Framework for managing client application data in offline and online environments
US20060234679A1 (en) * 2005-04-19 2006-10-19 Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha Information protection system for mobile terminal device, information protection method for mobile terminal device, control program, computer-readable medium and electronic information device
US20060276168A1 (en) * 2005-06-06 2006-12-07 Fuller Marvin U Jr System and methods for providing updated mobile station location estimates to emergency services providers
US20070021112A1 (en) * 2005-07-21 2007-01-25 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Method and system for ensuring mobile data security
US20070038857A1 (en) * 2005-08-09 2007-02-15 Gosnell Thomas F Data archiving system
US20070037585A1 (en) * 2005-08-11 2007-02-15 Lg Electronics Inc. Periodic positioning method in mobile communications system
US20070072624A1 (en) * 2005-08-19 2007-03-29 Nokia Corporation Mobile access network server
US20070117574A1 (en) * 2005-11-22 2007-05-24 Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. Electronic apparatus, communication system, and program
US20070255854A1 (en) * 2006-04-27 2007-11-01 Microsoft Corporation Synchronization Orchestration
US20090138526A1 (en) * 2006-06-01 2009-05-28 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for synchronizing of databases
US20070298761A1 (en) * 2006-06-27 2007-12-27 Motorola, Inc. Method and system for locating a wireless device in a wireless communication network
US20080115226A1 (en) * 2006-11-15 2008-05-15 Bharat Welingkar Over-the-air device kill pill and lock
US20080114855A1 (en) * 2006-11-15 2008-05-15 Bharat Welingkar Over-the-air device services and management
US20080120369A1 (en) * 2006-11-16 2008-05-22 Gustavsson Bengt Stefan Media center for picture sharing
US20080162597A1 (en) * 2006-12-27 2008-07-03 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for synchronizing databases connected by wireless interface
US20080162501A1 (en) * 2006-12-27 2008-07-03 Research In Motion Limited Method and apparatus for memory management in an electronic device
US20090037484A1 (en) * 2007-08-01 2009-02-05 Sybase, Inc. Programming system for occasionally-connected mobile business applications
US20090150569A1 (en) * 2007-12-07 2009-06-11 Avi Kumar Synchronization system and method for mobile devices
US20090201908A1 (en) * 2008-02-08 2009-08-13 Yoad Gidron System and method for flexible data retrieval for mobile communication devices
US8081963B2 (en) * 2008-02-12 2011-12-20 Microsoft Corporation Utilizing mobile device functionality from remote computers
US20090203402A1 (en) * 2008-02-12 2009-08-13 Microsoft Corporation Utilizing mobile device functionality from remote computers
US20090210454A1 (en) * 2008-02-18 2009-08-20 Microsoft Corporation File system watcher in the presence of different file systems
US20090247134A1 (en) * 2008-03-28 2009-10-01 Ianywhere Solutions,Inc. Synchronizing communications and data between mobile devices and servers
US20090282125A1 (en) * 2008-03-28 2009-11-12 Jeide Scott A Synchronizing Events Between Mobile Devices and Servers
US20110196826A1 (en) * 2008-10-31 2011-08-11 Iono Broadcasting (Proprietary) Limited Electronic Media Content Management System and Method of Operating an Electronic Media Content Management System

Cited By (20)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US8976253B2 (en) * 2009-12-23 2015-03-10 Amos Winbush, III Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US20120127328A1 (en) * 2009-12-23 2012-05-24 Winbush Iii Amos Camera user content synchronization with central web-based records and information sharing system
US8769131B2 (en) * 2010-04-16 2014-07-01 Oracle America, Inc. Cloud connector key
US20110258333A1 (en) * 2010-04-16 2011-10-20 Oracle America, Inc. Cloud connector key
US20120019617A1 (en) * 2010-07-23 2012-01-26 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Apparatus and method for generating a three-dimension image data in portable terminal
US9749608B2 (en) * 2010-07-23 2017-08-29 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Apparatus and method for generating a three-dimension image data in portable terminal
US20150103179A1 (en) * 2010-11-05 2015-04-16 Tom Galvin Network video recorder system
US9860490B2 (en) * 2010-11-05 2018-01-02 Tom Galvin Network video recorder system
US20120176504A1 (en) * 2011-01-07 2012-07-12 Apple Inc. Systems and methods for providing timestamping management for electronic photographs
US9621759B2 (en) * 2011-01-07 2017-04-11 Apple Inc. Systems and methods for providing timestamping management for electronic photographs
US20130276075A1 (en) * 2011-09-01 2013-10-17 Michelle X. Gong Secure Peer-to-Peer Network Setup
US9143944B2 (en) * 2011-09-01 2015-09-22 Intel Corporation Secure peer-to-peer network setup
US9286307B2 (en) * 2011-11-22 2016-03-15 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Document management apparatus improved in efficiency of deletion of files, method of controlling the same, and storage medium
US20130132447A1 (en) * 2011-11-22 2013-05-23 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Document management apparatus improved in efficiency of deletion of files, method of controlling the same, and storage medium
US8897447B1 (en) 2012-05-07 2014-11-25 Google Inc. Burst tethering for mobile communication devices
US20150081633A1 (en) * 2012-05-28 2015-03-19 Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited Data synchronization method and device
WO2014040157A1 (en) * 2012-09-12 2014-03-20 Coelho Fabricio Vilela System and method for sharing collaborative digital photo albums
US20140269911A1 (en) * 2013-03-13 2014-09-18 Dropbox Inc. Batch compression of photos
US20150081580A1 (en) * 2013-09-18 2015-03-19 James Brian Fry Video record receipt system and method of use
US20150242597A1 (en) * 2014-02-24 2015-08-27 Google Inc. Transferring authorization from an authenticated device to an unauthenticated device

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
US8976253B2 (en) 2015-03-10 grant
US20120127328A1 (en) 2012-05-24 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US20060174206A1 (en) Shared image device synchronization or designation
US20060044398A1 (en) Digital image classification system
US20090006418A1 (en) Content creation, distribution, interaction, and monitoring system
US20060041632A1 (en) System and method to associate content types in a portable communication device
US20060174204A1 (en) Shared image device resolution transformation
US20080028023A1 (en) Sharing commentaries synchronized with video content
US20120066286A1 (en) System and method for coupling a wireless device to social networking services and a mobile communication device
US20080158366A1 (en) Shared image device designation
US20080120369A1 (en) Media center for picture sharing
US20120214443A1 (en) Operation of a computing device involving wireless tokens
US20100214398A1 (en) Camera pod that captures images or video when triggered by a mobile device
US6999112B2 (en) System and method for communicating content information to an image capture device
US20120259707A1 (en) System for automated media delivery to mobile devices and mobile device lockscreens
US20120315884A1 (en) Mobile device access of location specific images from a remote database
US20150058709A1 (en) Method of creating a media composition and apparatus therefore
US20040051787A1 (en) Camera system
US20100082491A1 (en) System and method for providing electronic event tickets
US20060171695A1 (en) Shared image device designation
US20140287779A1 (en) System, method and device for providing personalized mobile experiences at multiple locations
US20090213245A1 (en) Linking captured images using short range communications
US20120308209A1 (en) Method and apparatus for dynamically recording, editing and combining multiple live video clips and still photographs into a finished composition
US20070188626A1 (en) Producing enhanced photographic products from images captured at known events
US20090290024A1 (en) Providing live event media content to spectators
US20080174676A1 (en) Producing enhanced photographic products from images captured at known events
US20120072419A1 (en) Method and apparatus for automatically tagging content