Ricoh had three patents in metaverse during Q4 2023. Ricoh Co Ltd filed a patent for a display terminal that tracks and displays moving objects in predetermined areas of a wide-view moving image. Another patent involves an image processing method that estimates the structure of a space inside a construction and allows for the placement of virtual objects in the estimated region. GlobalData’s report on Ricoh gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Ricoh grant share with metaverse as a theme is 33% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Display terminal, communication system, and non-transitory recording medium (Patent ID: US20230368399A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a display terminal that can display predetermined-area moving images representing specific areas of a wide-view moving image. The circuitry in the terminal allows for the tracking of designated objects within these moving images to ensure their continuous visibility within specific display areas. Additionally, the terminal can receive requests to add or hide display areas, display multiple moving images simultaneously, and convert frames of wide-view moving images to detect object positions for tracking.

Furthermore, the patent includes claims related to the configuration of the circuitry in the display terminal, such as receiving requests to modify display areas, displaying objects in the center of moving images, and converting frames for object tracking. The communication system described in the patent involves an image capturing apparatus that generates wide-view moving images transmitted to the display terminal for object tracking within predetermined-area moving images. Additionally, a non-transitory recording medium is mentioned, storing instructions for executing a display method involving the display and tracking of designated objects within predetermined-area moving images on a display.

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