Nebraska Patent of the Month – May 2021

Pipbin, Inc. has designed a mobile app that constructs a shareable augmented interactive landscape for those who have downloaded it. The app relies on active use by users to create an augmented communication style. Through combining elements of social media, geocaching, and augmented reality, users leave their content in real places for other users to interact with and appreciate. Think of it this way – Instagram allows you to upload pictures of the places you’ve been, so followers can see what you have been up to from the comfort of their own home. Pip allows users to upload their experience to a specific location, so that followers or other passersby who use the app, can see your experience in the same place. You could visit a waterfall and experience a sense of wonder – upload a song, and message explaining your experience, tagged with time and location. When another user visits that waterfall, they can access your upload and see what you experienced. 

To design this augmented reality mobile app, they constructed a moment recording system which records a location for a given moment as well as the date, time, and motion data. The user can attach media like images, audio, video, text, and so on. This data can help convey emotion, memory, information, and so on. Other users can then access this tagged moment when they happen upon it, by using their mobile camera to view it. It’s their intention to let this augmented reality grow into a widespread experience, involving any application you can think of – from individual use to businesses better interacting with consumers, or even through virtual property ownership and more. The creation of a new dimension of interactivity amongst users is just the beginning to a whole new era of innovation.

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