Williams Sonoma has filed a patent for a two-dimensional compositing technique that preserves the curvatures of non-flat surfaces. The method involves generating a mapping from a three-dimensional model of a modifiable portion of an image, which allows for dynamic modifications of a canvas to be displayed on the image in real time while preserving the geometric properties of the surfaces. GlobalData’s report on Williams Sonoma gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Two-dimensional compositing preserving curvatures of non-flat surfaces

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Williams Sonoma Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230260443A1) describes a method and system for generating and displaying custom content on images in real time. The method involves generating a mapping from a three-dimensional model of a modifiable portion of an image, which maps pixels of the modifiable portion to pixels of a canvas used to specify custom content. Both the image and the mapping are provided in response to a request for the image. The canvas can be dynamically edited, and the modifications are displayed on the modifiable portion of the image in real time according to the mapping. Importantly, the method ensures that the geometric properties of the surfaces in the modifiable portion of the image are preserved when the canvas pixels replace corresponding image pixels.

The patent also describes a system that includes a processor and memory. The processor is configured to generate the mapping from the three-dimensional model and provide both the image and the mapping in response to a request. The memory provides the processor with instructions. Additionally, a computer program product is described, which includes computer instructions for generating the mapping and providing both the image and the mapping in response to a request.

Overall, this patent presents a method and system for dynamically displaying custom content on images while preserving the geometric properties of the surfaces in the modifiable portion of the image. This technology has potential applications in various fields, such as graphic design, virtual reality, and augmented reality, where real-time editing and preservation of geometric properties are important.

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