According to a report on Quartz and the patent text, the idea works something like this: video-recorded using a device like a wearable (think Google Glass) could made searchable at a later date. When the video recorded, it will be sent to the paired phone, and then to server to be stored there, to form a collection of the users ‘real-life videos’. The video can then be searched at later date via the online database. Essentially a user could give a query like, “My videos from London trip,” to the wearable device and it will show the relevant results.
On how the search will work, the patent reads, “the method may also include transmitting a query of the user to the server computer system to initiate a search of the history or real-world experiences, and receiving results relevant to the query that include data indicative of the media data in the history of real-world experiences.”
Interestingly, the patent also notes that at popular locations like say a historical monument or a park, the media capturing device could automatically be turned on. A popular location, according to the patent, would be one where other users have captured media data as well.
The patent notes, “When the user is determined to be within a popular location, preference manager may automatically turn on media capture without intervention of a user. In another embodiment, preferences manager, may be set to continuously or periodically capture media data for a specific interval of time.”
From the patent, searching for your ‘real-life’ experiences might be the next step where Google Search could be headed. But let’s also note that given that this is a patent, it will take a while for this come to life, if it does.
Given that smartphones have become ubiquitous and many of us spend a fair amount of time recording each moments, a searchable index for videos, does not sound so surprising. However given that ‘real-life’ experiences will be searchable according to this, privacy will also be a concern for many users.
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