Matterport has filed a patent for systems and methods that generate three-dimensional models using correlated two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery data. The technology allows for the transformation of imagery data into models, correlation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional data within the models, and selection of two-dimensional data for display within a three-dimensional model. The patent also covers the ability to make modifications to the three-dimensional model and display them within the model or within two-dimensional data. Additionally, the technology enables models to transition between two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery data. GlobalData’s report on Matterport gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Matterport, 3D modelling and rendering was a key innovation area identified from patents. Matterport's grant share as of September 2023 was 63%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Generating 3d models with correlated 2d and 3d imagery

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

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230306688A1) describes a system that includes a memory and a processor. The memory stores computer executable components, while the processor executes these components. The system comprises a selection component and a navigation component.

The selection component is responsible for choosing a sequence of imagery that corresponds to different perspectives of a three-dimensional model. This selection is made in association with the movement of a virtual camera relative to the three-dimensional model.

The navigation component, on the other hand, facilitates the navigation of the three-dimensional model as it is rendered on a device. This navigation is done using an automatic navigation mode. In this mode, the system provides the sequence of imagery to the device for rendering. The activation of the automatic navigation mode is associated with the navigation of the three-dimensional model on the device.

This patent application suggests a system that allows for the automatic navigation of a three-dimensional model on a device. By selecting a sequence of imagery that corresponds to different perspectives of the model, users can navigate the model without manually controlling the camera. This can be particularly useful in applications such as virtual reality or augmented reality, where users may want to explore a three-dimensional environment without the need for constant manual input.

The system described in this patent application could potentially enhance the user experience by providing a more immersive and interactive way to navigate three-dimensional models. It remains to be seen how this technology will be implemented and what specific applications it will be used for. However, the concept of automatic navigation in association with a sequence of imagery has the potential to revolutionize the way users interact with three-dimensional models on devices.

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