APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR
ASSEMBLING CONTENT ADDRESSABLE
 Inventor: Hill Branscomb, San Francisco, Calif.
 Assignee: Advanced Interaction, Inc., San
 Appl. No.: 243,046
 Filed: May 16,1994
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of Ser. No. 146,400, Nov. 1,1993, abandoned, which is a continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 927, Jan. 6,1993, abandoned, which is a continuation of Ser. No. 460,849, Dec. 8, 1989, abandoned.
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 Field of Search 345/145, 157,
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[ii] Patent Number: 5,684,514
 Date of Patent: Nov. 4, 1997
Primary Examiner—Kee M. Tung
Assistant Examiner—Matthew Luii
A system and method for assembling or generating content addressable video based on storing a plurality of frames of video data at addressable storage locations. Each frame of video data is stored with a tag which indicates the contents of the video image defined by the associated frame. For assembly, a processing unit assembles a content video image in response to the tags; the content video image, including positions for corresponding frames of video data. Finally, a means, such as a look up table, is provided for associating the positions in the content video image with addresses of storage location storing the corresponding frames of video data. A user input device is provided by which the user selects a particular frame of video data, by selecting a position in the content video image, such as by positioning a cursor on the selected position.
For generating content addressable video, the content video image is first generated. Positions in the content video image are then translated by a control circuit into camera positioning signals. A controllable camera, such as a robot mounted camera, men generates the frames of video in response to the position control signals derived from the content video image. A processing unit then associates each frame of video data generated by the controllable camera, with positions in the content video image.
11 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets