Patents by Inventor George William Fitzmaurice

George William Fitzmaurice has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11908058
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for providing editable keyframe-based animation data for applying to a character to animate motion of the character in three-dimensional space. Three-dimensional motion data is constructed from two-dimensional videos. The three-dimensional motion data represents movement of people in the two-dimensional videos and includes, for each person, a root of a three-dimensional skeleton of the person. The three-dimensional skeleton comprises multiple three-dimensional poses of the person during at least a portion of frames of a video from the two-dimensional videos. The three-dimensional motion data is converted into editable keyframe-based animation data in three-dimensional space and provided to animate motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, George William Fitzmaurice, Cheng Yao Wang, Qian Zhou
  • Publication number: 20240056553
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for collaboration and view sharing between users when performing editing operations over a shared document. A first portion of a shared document is displayed to a first user in a user interface of a first instance of a collaboration application of a first user. The displayed first portion comprises a first location of the first user within the shared document. In the user interface, an indication specifying a relative locational direction from the first location towards a second location of a second user within the shared document is provided. A second portion of the shared document is being displayed to the second user through a second instance of the collaboration application during a conference call between a set of users, where the displayed second portion includes the second location of the second user within the shared document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Inventors: Frederik Brudy, Matthew K. Miller, Tovi Grossman, George William Fitzmaurice, Fraser Anderson
  • Publication number: 20230260183
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for providing editable keyframe-based animation data for applying to a character to animate motion of the character in three-dimensional space. Three-dimensional motion data is constructed from two-dimensional videos. The three-dimensional motion data represents movement of people in the two-dimensional videos and includes, for each person, a root of a three-dimensional skeleton of the person. The three-dimensional skeleton comprises multiple three-dimensional poses of the person during at least a portion of frames of a video from the two-dimensional videos. The three-dimensional motion data is converted into editable keyframe-based animation data in three-dimensional space and provided to animate motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, George William Fitzmaurice, Cheng Yao Wang, Qian Zhou
  • Patent number: 10838400
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for computer aided design and manufacture of physical structures using toolpath generation by demonstration include, in one aspect, a method including: receiving a user specified path traced in reference to geometry of a modeled object to be manufactured by a computer-controlled manufacturing system, wherein the user specified path is a spatial representation of a desired toolpath; synthesizing candidate toolpaths for the geometry of the modeled object using variations of at least one toolpath parameter; measuring similarities between the candidate toolpaths and the user specified path, including comparing at least a spatial similarity between the candidate toolpaths and the user specified path; suggesting at least some of the candidate toolpaths based on the measured similarities; and determining a toolpath for use when manufacturing the modeled object in accordance with user input regarding the at least some of the candidat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, George William Fitzmaurice, Justin Matejka
  • Publication number: 20190391561
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for computer aided design and manufacture of physical structures using toolpath generation by demonstration include, in one aspect, a method including: receiving a user specified path traced in reference to geometry of a modeled object to be manufactured by a computer-controlled manufacturing system, wherein the user specified path is a spatial representation of a desired toolpath; synthesizing candidate toolpaths for the geometry of the modeled object using variations of at least one toolpath parameter; measuring similarities between the candidate toolpaths and the user specified path, including comparing at least a spatial similarity between the candidate toolpaths and the user specified path; suggesting at least some of the candidate toolpaths based on the measured similarities; and determining a toolpath for use when manufacturing the modeled object in accordance with user input regarding the at least some of the candidat
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, George William Fitzmaurice, Justin Matejka
  • Patent number: 10074214
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for generating and visualizing 3D scenes include, in one aspect, a method including: obtaining metadata for 2D images that are related to a location of interest; searching for discrete image correspondences between pairs of the 2D images; grouping the 2D images into different time periods, including inferring one or more time periods for a portion of the 2D images that do not have date metadata; receiving a selection of at least one of the different time periods; finding camera intrinsic and extrinsic parameters for each image grouped into the selected time period; reconstructing a 3D scene of the location during the selected time period from the 2D images grouped into the selected time period using the camera intrinsic and extrinsic parameters; and providing the 3D scene for use in displaying the location of interest from different 3D perspectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: James Peter La Fleur, Kimberly Whinna Cottrell, Barbara Balents, Todd Christopher Nicol, George William Fitzmaurice, Luc Robert, Emmanuel Gallo
  • Publication number: 20170193331
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for generating and visualizing 3D scenes include, in one aspect, a method including: obtaining metadata for 2D images that are related to a location of interest; searching for discrete image correspondences between pairs of the 2D images; grouping the 2D images into different time periods, including inferring one or more time periods for a portion of the 2D images that do not have date metadata; receiving a selection of at least one of the different time periods; finding camera intrinsic and extrinsic parameters for each image grouped into the selected time period; reconstructing a 3D scene of the location during the selected time period from the 2D images grouped into the selected time period using the camera intrinsic and extrinsic parameters; and providing the 3D scene for use in displaying the location of interest from different 3D perspectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: James Peter La Fleur, Kimberly Whinna Cottrell, Barbara Balents, Todd Christopher Nicol, George William Fitzmaurice, Luc Robert, Emmanuel Gallo
  • Patent number: 9411482
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for visualizing user interfaces. In one aspect, a method includes presenting a user interface visualization for an application. The application is configured to perform functions and present a graphical user interface including user interface elements to access the functions. Presenting the user interface visualization for the application includes selecting a group of related functions and presenting a graphical representation for each related function. The graphical representations for the related functions are presented in proximity to each other, and the graphical representations are presented differently than the user interface elements for the related functions are presented by the graphical user interface of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Tovi Grossman, George William Fitzmaurice, Michael Rooke
  • Patent number: 9070402
    Abstract: An interactive 3D presentation system that utilizes a collection of shots or motion views where each shot can include a combination of a camera view and camera action. A visual transition, such as a fade, can be presented at the end and beginning of sequential shots. Between the end point of a first shot and the beginning of a sequential shot, the scene is not shown. The system allows interactive authoring and/or viewing a 3D visual experience composed by defining a collection of shots where each shot is a combination of a camera view point of interest (POI) plus a camera motion path. The POI is placed on the path in a variety of ways where it can be at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the path. A collection of predefined, cinematically styled camera motion paths, such as a crane and track shots, can be made available to the author. The pacing and duration of each shot can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Alexandre Burtnyk, Azam Khan, George William Fitzmaurice, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach
  • Publication number: 20120054653
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for visualizing user interfaces. In one aspect, a method includes presenting a user interface visualization for an application. The application is configured to perform functions and present a graphical user interface including user interface elements to access the functions. Presenting the user interface visualization for the application includes selecting a group of related functions and presenting a graphical representation for each related function. The graphical representations for the related functions are presented in proximity to each other, and the graphical representations are presented differently than the user interface elements for the related functions are presented by the graphical user interface of the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Tovi Grossman, George William Fitzmaurice, Michael Rooke
  • Patent number: 7986318
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that manages a volumetric display using volume windows. The volume windows have the typical functions, such as minimize, resize, etc., which operate in a volume. When initiated by an application a volume window is assigned to the application in a volume window data structure. Application data produced by the application is assigned to the windows responsive to which applications are assigned to which windows in the volume window data structure. Input events are assigned to the windows responsive to whether they are spatial or non-spatial. Spatial events are assigned to the window surrounding the event or cursor where a policy resolves situations where more than one window surrounds the cursor. Non-spatial events are assigned to the active or working window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, George William Fitzmaurice, Ravin Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 7839400
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that manages a volumetric display using volume windows. The volume windows have the typical functions, such as minimize, resize, etc., which operate in a volume. When initiated by an application a volume window is assigned to the application in a volume window data structure. Application data produced by the application is assigned to the windows responsive to which applications are assigned to which windows in the volume window data structure. Input events are assigned to the windows responsive to whether they are spatial or non-spatial. Spatial events are assigned to the window surrounding the event or cursor where a policy resolves situations where more than one window surrounds the cursor. Non-spatial events are assigned to the active or working window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, George William Fitzmaurice, Ravin Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 7782319
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide the ability to control a three-dimensional scene view. A three-dimensional (3D) scene having one or more three-dimensional objects is displayed. A 3D representation of a coordinate system of the scene is displayed. The 3D representation contains a current viewpoint, one or more faces, one or more edges, and one or more corners with each face, edge, and corner representing a corresponding viewpoint of the scene. The 3D representation is manipulated. A new current viewpoint of the 3D representation is displayed based on the manipulation. The scene is then reoriented corresponding to the new current viewpoint based on the manipulation of the 3D representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Anirban Ghosh, Igor Mordatch, Azam Khan, George William Fitzmaurice, Justin Frank Matejka, Ryan M. Schmidt, Gordon P. Kurtenbach
  • Patent number: 7770135
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that includes a tracking menu that tracks the movement of a position transducer, such as a stylus or a mouse, as the transducer is moved about in association with a display. The menu is typically displayed on top of other objects in the display. The menu includes a tracking symbol, such as an arrow or cursor, positioned corresponding to inputs from the transducer as it is moved by a user. A mobile tracking region is also included. This tracking region has a tracking boundary or edge enclosing the tracking symbol where the tracking symbol is movable within the boundary or hits without the menu moving. The tracking region or entire menu moves in correspondence to the tracking symbol when the tracking symbol encounters the boundary or hits while the symbol is moving. The tracking region also has menu controls or buttons that are activatable when the tracking symbol corresponds to the controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: George William Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 7724251
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that allows a user to physically rotate a three-dimensional volumetric display enclosure with a corresponding rotation of the display contents. The rotation of the enclosure is sampled with an encoder and the display is virtually rotated by a computer maintaining the scene by an amount corresponding to the physical rotation before being rendered. This allows the user to remain in one position while viewing different parts of the displayed scene corresponding to different viewpoints. The display contents can be rotated in direct correspondence with the display enclosure or with a gain (positive or negative) that accelerates the rotation of the contents with respect to the physical rotation of the enclosure. Any display widgets in the scene, such as a virtual keyboard, can be maintained stationary with respect to the user while scene contents rotate by applying a negative rotational gain to the widgets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravin Balakrishnan, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, George William Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 7701441
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that creates a volumetric display and a user controllable volumetric pointer within the volumetric display. The user can point by aiming a beam which is vector, planar or tangent based, positioning a device in three-dimensions in association with the display, touching a digitizing surface of the display enclosure or otherwise inputting position coordinates. The cursor can take a number of different forms including a ray, a point, a volume and a plane. The ray can include a ring, a bead, a segmented wand, a cone and a cylinder. The user designates an input position and the system maps the input position to a 3D cursor position within the volumetric display. The system also determines whether any object has been designated by the cursor by determining whether the object is within a region of influence of the cursor. The system also performs any function activated in association with the designation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravin Balakrishnan, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, George William Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 7656413
    Abstract: A system that allows a user to spotlight a region of particular interest in a large-scale display, such as a wall panel display. The spotlight can be a circular or other shape area around which the display is de-emphasized, such as by being darkened or blurred outside the circle. The spotlight can be moved by the user moving a cursor positioned in the circle. When the cursor encounters an edge of the circle the spotlight is moved in the direction of cursor movement. As the cursor is moved the outside region has less de-emphasis. When the movement is stopped the outside region is darkened to the maximum. A spotlight beam or other attention directing area of emphasis can be used to help focus a viewer's attention on the spotlight. The spotlight can follow objects in a scene as they move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Azam Khan, Justin Frank Matejka, George William Fitzmaurice, Gordon Paul Kurtenbauch
  • Patent number: 7589732
    Abstract: The system displays an image portraying a virtual space as viewed by a virtual camera at a first location on a spatially navigable camera surface within the virtual space. A user begins a drag operation. Based on the dragging, the virtual camera is spatially translated from the first location on the spatially navigable region to a second location on the spatially navigable region. The orientation of the virtual camera at the second location may be automatically set to either point towards the pre-defined look-at point or to point in a direction normal to the spatially navigable region at the second location. The system then displays an image portraying the virtual space in accordance with the location and orientation of the virtual camera at the second location in the spatially navigable camera surface. While the drag operation continues, the system determines that further translating the virtual camera would place the virtual camera beyond the spatially navigable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Burtnyk, Azam Khan, George William Fitzmaurice, Ravin Balakrishnan, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach
  • Patent number: 7583252
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that allows a number of 3D volumetric display or output configurations, such as dome, cubical and cylindrical volumetric displays, to interact with a number of different input configurations, such as a three-dimensional position sensing system having a volume sensing field, a planar position sensing system having a digitizing tablet, and a non-planar position sensing system having a sensing grid formed on a dome. The user interacts via the input configurations, such as by moving a digitizing stylus on the sensing grid formed on the dome enclosure surface. This interaction affects the content of the volumetric display by mapping positions and corresponding vectors of the stylus to a moving cursor within the 3D display space of the volumetric display that is offset from a tip of the stylus along the vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, George William Fitzmaurice, Ravin Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 7554541
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that places 2D user interface widgets in optimal positions in a 3D volumetric display where they can be easily used based on the knowledge user have about traditional 2D display systems. The widgets are placed on a shell or outer edge surface of a volumetric display, in a ring around the outside bottom of the display, in a vertical or horizontal plane within the display and/or responsive to the users focus of attention. Virtual 2D widgets are mapped to volumetric voxels of the 3D display system. This mapping includes any mapping between a 2D representation or virtual display map of the widget to the corresponding voxels. For example, a 2D texture map of the widget image may be mapped into voxels. Control actions in the 3D volume initiated by conventional control devices, such as a mouse or a touch sensitive dome enclosure surface, are mapped to controls of the widgets and appropriate control functions are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: George William Fitzmaurice, Ravin Balakrishnan, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach