Today the U.S. Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to Dynamic Cinemagraph Presentations that could be used in documents, presentations and for publishers. Some embodiments of the invention provide novel methods for using cinemagraphs to produce visually stimulating document and/or document transitions. In some embodiments, cinemagraphs are defined as an animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) or in some other animated image format. In some embodiments, a cinemagraph can be a hybrid of a still image and a video. In one example, an iPhone user rotating the handset could start or modify the content on the display controlled by motion sensors.
Apple's Patent Background
Today, the competition between content publishers for the attention of the online viewers is quite aggressive. This is because there are many sources for the same type of content available through the Internet. In this competition, publishers need to differentiate their content from that of other publishers. Publishers also need to capture the viewers' attention to their content quickly. Otherwise, the viewers' attention may drift to the content of others.
Dynamic Cinemagraph Presentations
Apple's invention provides novel methods for using cinemagraphs to produce visually stimulating document and/or document transitions. In some embodiments, a cinemagraph includes several images that have (1) one or more identical portions and (2) one or more portions that change across the images in order to provide an illusion of an animation within a still image. In some cases, the animation can include moving objects, changing colors in a scene, and/or appearing/disappearing objects in the scene.
In some embodiments, the cinemagraph images loop iteratively or continuously. In some embodiments, cinemagraphs are defined as an animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) or in some other animated image format. Alternatively, or conjunctively, a cinemagraph in some embodiments can also be a video clip (i.e., a sequence of captured images) or an animated clip that is defined in a common video format. In some embodiments, a cinemagraph can be a hybrid of a still image and a video.
The documents on which the cinemagraph presentations of some embodiments are displayed can include articles, webpages, blog pages, audio/video content pages, etc. They can also include documents that provide summaries to other documents.
Examples of these include article summaries, webpage summaries, blog summaries, or other content summaries. The cinemagraph presentations of some embodiments can also appear on documents that identify several document sources, such as article publishers, webpage publishers, blog publishers, video publishers, or other content publishers. These presentations can also be part of transitions between any of these types of documents, which may be linked to each other (e.g., through hyperlinks).
In some embodiments, documents and document transitions are displayed by an application, such as a web browser, a document reader, a word processor, presentation application, etc. Such an application implements the method of some embodiments. In other cases, the method of some embodiments is implemented by another device (e.g., a server) that provides the documents and document transitions to the application that displays them.
Starting or Modifying a Cinemagraph presentation based on Motion
Apple's patent FIG. 8 noted above illustrates an example of starting or modifying a cinemagraph presentation based on motion sensor input. In this example, the motion sensor input detects rotational movements of the device and based on this movement, it can start or modify cinemagraph presentations.
The motion sensor input in some embodiments comes from an accelerometer and/or a gyroscope of the mobile device.
Apple's patent FIG. 8 illustrates its example in terms of three operational stages 802-806 of the content viewer of some embodiments. As shown, each of these stages corresponds to a particular rotational state 812-816 of the device. Also, each stage shows a displayed document feed page 800 for each of the rotational states.
The first stage 802 shows the feed page before the device starts to be rotates. At this stage, the content viewer is not playing any cinemagraph presentations. The second and third stages 804 and 806 show the feed page after the device starts to rotate. As shown, this rotation starts a cinemagraph presentation 820 for one document summary 840 on a feed page 800. This cinemagraph presentation shows a woman standing still and holding a bag that swings from side to side. Before the scroll operation, the document summary's image component 830 presents a still image of the woman and the bag. In this static image, the bag does not swing, as shown in the first stage 802.
In some embodiments, the cinemagraph presentation playback speed (e.g., frame rate) is directly or inversely proportional to the rotational velocity. When the device is rotating, the rotation can be captured as several discrete rotation operations with several discrete rotation velocities. Some embodiments define various discrete cinemagraph presentation playback speeds for the some or all of the discrete rotational velocities.
In some embodiments, a cinemagraph presentation is started or modified when a certain rotation movement (e.g., a movement that exceeds a threshold angle) of the device is detected based on the output of its motion sensor(s). In some embodiments, a cinemagraph presentation can also be started or modified based on input from other sensors of the mobile device. After starting or modifying a cinemagraph presentation in response to received sensor input, some embodiments terminate the cinemagraph presentation or stop modifying the cinemagraph presentation a time period after the received input ends.
Some embodiments provide novel methods for using cinemagraphs to produce visually stimulating document transitions. In some embodiments, an application (e.g., web browser, document reader, word processing application, presentation program, etc.) provides an animation to visually illustrate the transition from one document to another. When a cinemagraph is being presented on the first document and is part of the content displayed on the second document, some embodiments incorporate the cinemagraph presentation in the animated transition from the first document to the second document.
There are many, many examples to explore relating to this invention that you could review here. Apple's patent application 20170017616 was filed back in 14 2015. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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