WO2016170416A1 - Programmable wrist device for making aerial videos and photos - Google Patents

Programmable wrist device for making aerial videos and photos Download PDF

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WO2016170416A1
WO2016170416A1 PCT/IB2016/000509 IB2016000509W WO2016170416A1 WO 2016170416 A1 WO2016170416 A1 WO 2016170416A1 IB 2016000509 W IB2016000509 W IB 2016000509W WO 2016170416 A1 WO2016170416 A1 WO 2016170416A1
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Mattia CERIOLI
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    • G03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
    • G03BAPPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR
    • G03B15/00Special procedures for taking photographs; Apparatus therefor
    • G03B15/006Apparatus mounted on flying objects
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
    • B64CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
    • B64C39/00Aircraft not otherwise provided for
    • B64C39/02Aircraft not otherwise provided for characterised by special use
    • B64C39/024Aircraft not otherwise provided for characterised by special use of the remote controlled vehicle type, i.e. RPV
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
    • B64CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
    • B64C39/00Aircraft not otherwise provided for
    • B64C39/02Aircraft not otherwise provided for characterised by special use
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
    • G03BAPPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR
    • G03B17/00Details of cameras or camera bodies; Accessories therefor
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G03PHOTOGRAPHY; CINEMATOGRAPHY; ELECTROGRAPHY; HOLOGRAPHY
    • G03BAPPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR
    • G03B17/00Details of cameras or camera bodies; Accessories therefor
    • G03B17/56Accessories
    • G03B17/561Support related camera accessories
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
    • B64CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
    • B64C2201/00Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
    • B64C2201/12Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor adapted for particular use
    • B64C2201/127Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor adapted for particular use for photography, or video recording, e.g. by using cameras
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
    • B64CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
    • B64C2201/00Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
    • B64C2201/20Methods for transport, or storage of unmanned aerial vehicles
    • B64C2201/203Methods for transport, or storage of unmanned aerial vehicles in rucksacks, or bags to be carried by persons

Abstract

A wrist programmable device (1) for making aerial videos and photos, comprising a watch strap (2) and a watch case body (4) removably coupled to said watch strap (2), said watch case body (4) having a bottom and a dial, at least videocamera means (T), hover means (13-14) for allowing said watch case body (4) to hover while separating from said watch strap (2), and programmable electronic means adapted to operatively control said at least videocamera means (T) and said hovering means (13-14).

Description

PROGRAM MABLE WRIST DEVICE FOR MAKING AERIAL VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to an intelligent or smart programmable wrist device, in particular for making aerial videos and photos.

So-called "smart" programmable wrist watch devices are already known and are continuously designed and improved, being adapted to provide and control a plurality of functions, for example phone, entertainment and information functions in general, either per se or as smart or intelligent interfaces for further processing devices to be associated thereto or driven thereby.

A similar smart wrist device, well known to one skilled in the art, is made as a per se known wrist watch, that is including a watch strap and a watch case body, constituting the main part of the device itself and which may be programmed by a user through a programming screen, of a touch-screen type, defining a so-called "touch pad" dial, specifically designed for programming the wrist watch.

The above mentioned device is achieving a broad diffusion on the market, which will be further increased in a near future.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Thus, in the light of the surprising commercial success of this kind of device, the aim of the present invention is to provide an improved smart programmable wrist device which, while preserving, if desired, substantially all the technological and functional advantages of analogous existing smart wrist devices, is adapted to operate in a truly novel manner, that is allowing the user to make aerial videos and photos.

Within the scope of the above mentioned aim, a main object of the invention is to provide such a smart programmable wrist device which comprises a unisize strap, that is adapted to be easily fitted to nearly every size of any user's wrist, with a very sturdy and lightweight wrist watch case body.

A further object of the present invention is to provide such a device of the above indicated type which may be made, at a very competitive cost, by constructional means and methods based on existing technologies or on further technological developments which will be available in a very near future.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide such a device of the above indicated type which is able of operating in a very simple and easily understandable manner and which is also adapted to operate as a smart interface for further more complex systems and devices, and also for already existing devices.

According to one aspect of the present invention, the above mentioned aim and objects, as well as yet further objects, which will become more apparent hereinafter, are achieved by a smart programmable wrist device, specifically designed for making aerial videos and photos, having the characterizing features of the appended claim 1.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Further characteristics and advantages of the device according to the present invention will become more apparent hereinafter from the following detailed disclosure of a currently preferred embodiment thereof, which is illustrated, by way of an indicative but not limitative example, in the accompanying drawings, where:

Figure 1 shows a perspective view of the wrist watch device according to the present invention;

Figure 2 shows a further perspective view of the inventive device worn on a user's wrist;

Figure 3 shows yet another perspective view of the watch case body of the device according to the present invention;

Figure 4 shows yet another perspective view of the inventive device, at an operation starting step thereof;

Figure 5 shows yet another perspective view of the inventive device, being specifically illustrated an operating configuration assumed by its case body upon a starting operation provided according to Figure 4;

Figure 6 shows yet another perspective view of the device according to the present invention with the device strap worn on a user's wrist and the case body in a soared or hovered condition; and

Figure 7 is a block diagram showing a currently preferred possible operating method of the device according to the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

With reference to the above mentioned figures, and in particular to Figure 1 , the device according to the present invention has been generally indicated by the reference number 1.

The device 1 comprises a watch strap 2 which, according to a main aspect of the present invention, is a unisize watch strap, that is which may be fitted to nearly every user's wrist size.

To that end, the watch strap 2 is made of any suitable resilient material, thereby being adapted to assume any enlarged position, within a broad range of enlarged or spread positions, as shown by the reference number 3 in Figure 1 , and moreover it will have any desired color.

Advantageously, the two free end portions of the strap 2, that is the portions thereof not coupled to the watch case, are so magnetized as to magnetically lock, in a removable manner, said two free end portions to any desired spread configuration.

Again with reference to Figure 1 , the device 1 further comprises a watch case body 4, of a substantially rectangular parallelepiped configuration, including a top dial, advantageously constituted by a touch-screen.

For removably coupling the watch strap to the watch case body 4, a magnet

7, cooperating with a corresponding magnet in turn coupled to the bottom portion of the watch case 4, is associated to said strap.

According to a further aspect of the present invention, in the body of the watch strap, for example in its top portion 8 of enlarged thickness, a rechargeable accumulator 9 is embedded

Figure 2 shows a starting step for starting the operation of the device 1 , that is the programming step of said device, being carried out by a finger D of a hand of the user wearing, on the wrist of the other hand, said device 1 , said finger touching the top dial of the smart watch.

With reference to Figure 3, the case body 4 is made, for example, of any suitable light and strong material, which may be easily selected by one skilled in the art.

Advantageously, said rectangular parallelepiped body 4 comprises video camera (or camera) means T, associated with one of the narrow sides of said parallelepiped body.

Vice versa, with the longitudinal sides of said parallelepiped body 4 are removably associated two fins 11 and 12, operating as switching means to start the operation of the device 1 previously programmed by its touch dial.

Each said fin 11 and 12 is functionally coupled to a respective propeller 13 and 14, each said propeller being contained, in a non-operating condition thereof, within the watch case, and being coupled by a respective pair of small compasses arms, both to the respective fin and to driving means, for example a small electric motor M (see Fig. 5) arranged within the case body itself.

As stated, each said propeller 13 and 14 is operatively coupled to said electric driving motor M by a respective pair of small compasses arms B1 , B2, B3, B4 adapted to overlap on one another, whereas each fin 11 and 12 is provided for removably closing a respective slot S of the longitudinal sides of the parallelepiped body, through which the respective propeller or airscrew 13, 14 may be brought to an operating position thereof, that is to a hovered position of the wrist watch case, as shown in Figure 6.

With the watch case in a hovered condition, the watch strap will obviously remain worn on the user's wrist, on a magnetized portion 15 or base of the related magnet 7.

Advantageously, within the body 4 an integrated electronic drive card SC is provided, adapted to drive or control at least the video camera and/or camera T, and the electric motor M driving the respective propellers or airscrews both operatively connected to said electric motor M (see the schematic view in Figure 5).

Thus, in a hovered condition, the watch case 4 may operate as a "mini- drone" for making aerial videos and/or aerial photos.

As shown in Figure 4, to start the operation of the inventive device, a user must simply provide, after having suitably programmed said device through the deal 5 (as shown in Figure 2), a slight pressure on the fins 11 and 12, to cause the propellers 13 and 14 operatively coupled to the driving motor M to snap exit the case, thereby the fins 1 and 12 will operate as a mechanical type of switch.

Advantageously, it will be further possible to arrange in the watch case 4 some positioning and tracking means, for example of a GPS type, as well as timing means (not shown) allowing to program, as controlled by that same electronic card SC, the operating hovering time of the watch case away from the watch strap or "base".

Thus, at the end of the video image taking operations, the user, by operating a suitable remote control (not shown but also associated with the watch case) will be able to call the watch case back to the respective removable abutting position on the "base" portion of the watch strap body.

With reference to the block diagram of Figure 7, the main operating steps of the inventive device will be hereinafter briefly disclosed.

In a starting step S1 , the device 1 is programmed by a user touching the dial.

Then, in a step S2, the logic control circuitry in the case will be recovered and reset for a video image taking operation.

Then, in a further operating step S3, the video camera and/or camera T will be brought to its ON status and programmed.

In the following operating step S4, the magnetic hovering means will be programmed.

From the step S4 the operating flow goes to the step S5 for actuating or driving the hovering propellers, by slightly pressing the two mentioned fins 13 and 14.

Then, from the step S5 the flow goes to the step S6, wherein the watch case hovers.

Then, the flow goes to the step S7, where the photos and video images are taken.

After a preset hovering period, the flow will go to the step S8, where the case body will be called back to the watch strap magnet.

Finally, in a further step S9, the rechargeable battery embedded in the watch strap will be recharged for future video image taking operations.

In this connection it should be apparent that the above operating flow may be changed as desired to meet further operating functions to be included in the wrist device according to the present invention.

From the above disclosure it should be apparent that the invention fully achieves the intended aim and objects.

In fact, the invention has provided a smart programmable wrist device allowing, according to a novel and inventive manner, to take video and photo images while preserving conventional entrainment features at present very appreciated by the users.

In other words, the invention has provided a smart programmable wrist device, adapted to operate in a novel manner for taking photos and video images, with the possibility of being easily associated with a technology similar to that of currently available smart watches.

Advantageously, the inventive device comprises a unisize watch strap, for example coated by a rubber material, which includes an embedded rechargeable accumulator which may be correspondingly recharged as a conventional mobile phone, to supply with electric power the main watch dial, in turn including a removable magnetic recharging system, also arranged on the strap and containing conventional operating menus. In other words, the invention has provided an actual modern mini-drone, which may be actuated in a very simple manner and operatively connected to further devices synchronized therewith as a smart interface for larger size and more sophisticated processing devices.

While the smart programmable wrist device of the present invention has been hereinabove disclosed with reference to a currently preferred embodiment thereof, it should be apparent that the disclosed embodiment is susceptible to several modifications and variations, all coming within the scope of the invention.

Accordingly, the above disclosed embodiments should be considered only as illustrative and not limitative examples, the scope of the invention being defined by the appended claims.

Claims

1. An intelligent programmable wrist device, in particular for making aerial videos and' photos, comprising a watch strap and a watch case body removably coupled to said watch strap, said watch case body having a bottom and a dial and including at least video camera means, hovering means of said watch case adapted to allow said watch case to hover while separating from said watch strap, and programmable electronic means to operatively control at least said video camera means and said hovering means.
2. A device, according to claim 1 , characterized in that said hovering means comprise electric driving means operatively coupled to propeller or airscrew means.
3. A device, according to claim 2, characterized in that said watch case body is of a substantially parallelepiped configuration and that said propeller means comprise two propeller elements operatively coupled to said electric driving means, said propeller elements having a first non-operating position stored within said case body and a second operating position outside said case body, a passage from said first non-operating position to said second operating position of said propeller elements being achieved by causing said propeller elements to pass through a respective slot formed through a respective edge of said case body, at said non-operating position of said device each said slot being substantially tightly closed by a respective fin or laminar element associated, through a pair of arms, to a said respective propeller element, the two laminar elements being adapted to operate as pressure switch elements to start an operation of said device.
4. A device, according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said watch strap is a substantially resilient unisize strap and including embedded therein rechargeable energy accumulating means.
5. A device, according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said watch strap comprises a substantially flat base portion with which is associated a magnet element adapted to cooperate with a corresponding magnet element applied to a bottom of said case, said strap being adapted to be progressively spread to assume a plurality of strap widths, from a preset minimum strap width to a preset maximum strap width, said strap body including free end portions so magnetized as to removably lock said free end portions of said strap to any target strap width.
6. A device, according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said programmable control means in said case body comprise a programmable multifunctional integrated circuitry which, besides to controlling said video camera means and said driving means, allows a user to operatively program said device as a smart wrist watch made based on currently available and/or future making methods, said case body including a touch-screen dial allowing a user to program by touch all the operating functions of said wrist device.
7. A device, according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said programmable integrated circuitry is adapted to control/drive positioning and tracking means (of a GPS type) arranged in said case body.
8. A wrist device, in particular for making aerial videos and photos, characterized in that said device comprises a strap and a parallelepiped watch case body, removably coupled to said strap, said strap including a substantially resilient unisize strap element in which are embedded rechargeable energy accumulating means, said strap having a base portion with which is associated a magnet element and two magnetized free end portions, said case body having at least a first touch-screen programming portion, at least a second portion having magnetic features, at least a third portion with which are associated video camera means, at least a fourth slot portion designed for being tightly closed by closure- switch means, said case body including at least propeller means, electric motor driving means for driving said propeller means, said electric motor means being adapted to drive said propeller means to cause said case body to hover/soar from said base portion of said strap to a preset hovering height, multifunctional programmable integrated circuit means adapted to operatively control/drive said video camera means and said driving motor means for driving said propeller means.
9. A device, according to claim 8, characterized in that said case body further includes position tracking means and timing means, both said tracking and timing means being operatively controlled by said circuit means to call back, at an end of a preset hovering time, said case body onto said magnet base portion of said watch strap.
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