Intel Patent | Dynamic video encoding and view adaptation in wireless computing environments

Patent: Dynamic video encoding and view adaptation in wireless computing environments

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Publication Number: 20210014539

Publication Date: 20210114

Applicant: Intel

Assignee: Intel Corporation

Abstract

An apparatus of embodiments, as described herein, includes one or more processors to track data associated with movement of a computing device accessible to a user, and evaluate the data and compare a latency with latency thresholds, where the data indicates the latency and the latency thresholds associated with a frame. The one or more processors are further to maintain a current video encoding rate, if the latency is lower than a first latency threshold and greater than a second latency threshold. The current video encoding rate is decreased if the latency is equal to or greater than the first latency threshold, where the current video encoding rate is increased if the latency is lower than the second latency threshold. The one or more processors are further to present the frame at the computing device including one or more of a wearable device and a mobile device.

Claims

1-19. (canceled)

  1. An apparatus comprising: one or more processors to: track data associated with movement of a computing device accessible to a user; evaluate the data and compare a latency with latency thresholds, wherein the data indicates the latency and the latency thresholds associated with a frame; maintain a current video encoding rate, if the latency is lower than a first latency threshold and greater than a second latency threshold; decrease the current video encoding rate, if the latency is equal to or greater than the first latency threshold; increase the current video encoding rate if the latency is lower than the second latency threshold; and present the frame at the computing device including one or more of a wearable device and a mobile device.

  2. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the data includes one or more of motion speed, estimated frame size, and current video encoding rate, wherein the current video encoding rate is based on variable bit rate, wherein the wearable device includes a head-mounted device, wherein the mobile device includes a smartphone.

  3. The apparatus of claim 21, wherein the one or more processors are further to estimate the latency threshold based on the data such that that the frame is presented and not skipped at the computing device, wherein the latency is estimated based on estimated frame size, motion speed, and a wireless link throughput, and wherein the latency thresholds are estimated based on one or more of a graphics processor rendering time, video encoding time, video decoding time, wireless network interface device schedule, and device motion-triggered activities including one or more of calibration and beamforming.

  4. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the one or more processors are further to: estimate pose and angular velocity data associated with an overdrawn frame; and calculate field of view (FOV) angular data based on the pose and velocity data associated with the overdrawn frame.

  5. The apparatus of claim 23, wherein the one or more processors are further to crop and resize the overdrawn frame based on the FOV angular data, and adjust the cropped and resized overdrawn frame.

  6. The apparatus of claim 24, wherein the one or more processors are further to communicate the adjusted frame and FOV angular data to the computing device to update projection matrix based on the adjusted frame and the FOV angular data, wherein the adjusted frame is presented based on the projection matrix.

  7. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the apparatus is wireles sly in communication with the computing device over a communication medium, wherein the apparatus includes one or more processors including a graphics processor co-located with an application processor on a common semiconductor package.

  8. A method comprising: tracking, by a first computing device, data associated with movement of a second computing device accessible to a user; evaluating the data and compare a latency with latency thresholds, wherein the data indicates the latency and the latency thresholds associated with a frame; and maintaining a current video encoding rate, if the latency is lower than a first latency threshold and greater than a second latency threshold, wherein the current video encoding rate is decreased if the latency is equal to or greater than the first latency threshold, wherein the current video encoding rate is increased if the latency is lower than the second latency threshold; and presenting the frame at the second computing device including one or more of a wearable device and a mobile device.

  9. The method of claim 27, wherein the data includes one or more of motion speed, estimated frame size, and current video encoding rate, wherein the current video encoding rate is based on variable bit rate, wherein the wearable device includes a head-mounted device, wherein the mobile device includes a smartphone.

  10. The method of claim 28, further comprising estimating the latency threshold based on the data such that that the frame is presented and not skipped at the computing device, wherein the latency is estimated based on estimated frame size, motion speed, and a wireless link throughput, and wherein the latency thresholds are estimated based on one or more of a graphics processor rendering time, video encoding time, video decoding time, wireless network interface device schedule, and device motion-triggered activities including one or more of calibration and beamforming.

  11. The method of claim 27, further comprising: estimating pose and angular velocity data associated with an overdrawn frame; and calculating field of view (FOV) angular data based on the pose and velocity data associated with the overdrawn frame.

  12. The method of claim 30, further comprising: cropping and resizing the overdrawn frame based on the FOV angular data; and adjusting the cropped and resized overdrawn frame.

  13. The method of claim 31, further comprising communicating the adjusted frame and FOV angular data to the computing device to update projection matrix based on the adjusted frame and the FOV angular data, wherein the adjusted frame is presented based on the projection matrix.

  14. The method of claim27, wherein the first computing device is wirelessly in communication with the second computing device over a communication medium, wherein the first computing device includes one or more processors including a graphics processor co-located with an application processor on a common semiconductor package.

  15. A computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by a first computing device, causes the first computing device to facilitate operations comprising: tracking data associated with movement of a second computing device accessible to a user; evaluating the data and compare a latency with latency thresholds, wherein the data indicates the latency and the latency thresholds associated with a frame; and maintaining a current video encoding rate, if the latency is lower than a first latency threshold and greater than a second latency threshold, wherein the current video encoding rate is decreased if the latency is equal to or greater than the first latency threshold, wherein the current video encoding rate is increased if the latency is lower than the second latency threshold, and presenting the frame at the second computing device including one or more of a wearable device and a mobile device.

  16. The computer-readable medium of claim 34, wherein the data includes one or more of motion speed, estimated frame size, and current video encoding rate, wherein the current video encoding rate is based on variable bit rate, wherein the wearable device includes a head-mounted device, wherein the mobile device includes a smartphone.

  17. The computer-readable medium of claim 34, wherein the operations comprise estimating the latency threshold based on the data such that that the frame is presented and not skipped at the computing device, wherein the latency is estimated based on estimated frame size, motion speed, and a wireless link throughput, and wherein the latency thresholds are estimated based on one or more of a graphics processor rendering time, video encoding time, video decoding time, wireless network interface device schedule, and device motion-triggered activities including one or more of calibration and beamforming.

  18. The computer-readable medium of claim 34, wherein the operations comprise: estimating pose and angular velocity data associated with an overdrawn frame; and calculating field of view (FOV) angular data based on the pose and velocity data associated with the overdrawn frame.

  19. The computer-readable medium of claim 37, wherein the operations comprise: cropping and resizing the overdrawn frame based on the FOV angular data; and adjusting the cropped and resized overdrawn frame.

  20. The computer-readable medium of claim 38, further comprising communicating the adjusted frame and FOV angular data to the computing device to update projection matrix based on the adjusted frame and the FOV angular data, wherein the adjusted frame is presented based on the projection matrix.

  21. The computer-readable medium of claim 34, wherein the first computing device is wireles sly in communication with the second computing device over a communication medium, wherein the first computing device includes one or more processors including a graphics processor co-located with an application processor on a common semiconductor package.

Description

CROSS-REFERENCE

[0001] This patent application is related to and, under 35 U.S.C. .sctn. 371, claims the benefit of and priority to International Application No. PCT/CN2018/081235, entitled DYNAMIC VIDEO ENCODING AND VIEW ADAPTATION IN WIRELESS COMPUTING ENVIRONMENTS, by Jie Gao, et al., filed Mar. 30, 2018, where the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

[0002] Embodiments described herein relate generally to data processing and more particularly to facilitate dynamic video encoding and view adaptation in wireless computing environments.

BACKGROUND

[0003] With the growth in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR), the communication between non-wearable computing devices, such as laptops, desktops, etc., and wearable computing devices, such as head mounted displays (HMDs), etc., also needs to improve. However, conventional techniques are not fully developed to deal with all issues relating to such communication, such as primitive immersion experience, high latency in wireless solutions, etc.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0004] Embodiments are illustrated by way of example, and not by way of limitation, in the figures of the accompanying drawings in which like reference numerals refer to similar elements.

[0005] FIG. 1 illustrates a computing device employing a video encoding and view adapting mechanism according to one embodiment.

[0006] FIG. 2 illustrates the video encoding and view adapting mechanism of FIG. 1 and an encoding and adapting response mechanism according to one embodiment.

[0007] FIG. 3A illustrates an architectural setup facilitating a transaction sequence for encoding of video and transmission and presentation of frames according to one embodiment.

[0008] FIG. 3B illustrates an architectural setup for facilitating encoding of video and transmission and presentation of frames according to one embodiment.

[0009] FIG. 3C illustrates deterioration of a person’s dynamic visual acuity for the increased speed of a moving object.

[0010] FIG. 3D illustrates an architectural setup for facilitating a transaction sequence for dynamic adaptation of views according to one embodiment.

[0011] FIG. 4A illustrates a method for smart video encoding adjustments and rendering of frames according to one embodiment.

[0012] FIG. 4B illustrates reprojection of frames according to one embodiment.

[0013] FIG. 4C illustrates graph showing latency details according to one embodiment.

[0014] FIG. 4D illustrates graph showing latency details according to one embodiment.

[0015] FIG. 4E illustrates a method for smart view adaptation according to one embodiment.

[0016] FIG. 5 illustrates a computer device capable of supporting and implementing one or more embodiments according to one embodiment.

[0017] FIG. 6 illustrates an embodiment of a computing environment capable of supporting and implementing one or more embodiments according to one embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0018] In the following description, numerous specific details are set forth. However, embodiments, as described herein, may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known circuits, structures and techniques have not been shown in detail in order not to obscure the understanding of this description.

[0019] Embodiments provide for a novel technique for dynamically changing the variable bit rate (VBR) for encoding based on wireless link bandwidth and motion tracking in VR applications. This novel technique can reduce the frame drop occurrences due to the reduced bandwidth, while making the wireless VR system increasingly robust.

[0020] Embodiments further provide for a novel technique for leveraging overdrawn images to reduce visual latency without having to increase encoding and decoding time, while minimizing the size of blank edge that the users typically observe.

[0021] It is contemplated that terms like “request”, “query”, “job”, “work”, “work item”, and “workload” may be referenced interchangeably throughout this document. Similarly, an “application” or “agent” may refer to or include a computer program, a software application, a game, a workstation application, etc., offered through an application programming interface (API), such as a free rendering API, such as Open Graphics Library (OpenGL.RTM.), DirectX.RTM. 11, DirectX.RTM. 12, etc., where “dispatch” may be interchangeably referred to as “work unit” or “draw” and similarly, “application” may be interchangeably referred to as “workflow” or simply “agent”. For example, a workload, such as that of a three-dimensional (3D) game, may include and issue any number and type of “frames” where each frame may represent an image (e.g., sailboat, human face). Further, each frame may include and offer any number and type of work units, where each work unit may represent a part (e.g., mast of sailboat, forehead of human face) of the image (e.g., sailboat, human face) represented by its corresponding frame. However, for the sake of consistency, each item may be referenced by a single term (e.g., “dispatch”, “agent”, etc.) throughout this document.

[0022] In some embodiments, terms like “display screen” and “display surface” may be used interchangeably referring to the visible portion of a display device while the rest of the display device may be embedded into a computing device, such as a smartphone, a wearable device, etc. It is contemplated and to be noted that embodiments are not limited to any particular computing device, software application, hardware component, display device, display screen or surface, protocol, standard, etc. For example, embodiments may be applied to and used with any number and type of real-time applications on any number and type of computers, such as desktops, laptops, tablet computers, smartphones, head-mounted displays and other wearable devices, and/or the like. Further, for example, rendering scenarios for efficient performance using this novel technique may range from simple scenarios, such as desktop compositing, to complex scenarios, such as 3D games, augmented reality applications, etc.

[0023] It is to be noted that terms or acronyms like convolutional neural network (CNN), CNN, neural network (NN), NN, deep neural network (DNN), DNN, recurrent neural network (RNN), RNN, and/or the like, may be interchangeably referenced throughout this document. Further, terms like “autonomous machine” or simply “machine”, “autonomous vehicle” or simply “vehicle”, “autonomous agent” or simply “agent”, “autonomous device” or “computing device”, “robot”, and/or the like, may be interchangeably referenced throughout this document.

[0024] FIG. 1 illustrates a computing device 100 employing a video encoding and view adapting mechanism (“encoding and adapting mechanism”) 110 according to one embodiment. Computing device 100 represents a communication and data processing device including or representing any number and type of smart devices, such as (without limitation) smart command devices or intelligent personal assistants, home/office automation system, home appliances (e.g., washing machines, television sets, etc.), mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablet computers, etc.), gaming devices, handheld devices, wearable devices (e.g., smartwatches, smart bracelets, etc.), virtual reality (VR) devices, head-mounted display (HMDs), Internet of Things (IoT) devices, laptop computers, desktop computers, server computers, set-top boxes (e.g., Internet-based cable television set-top boxes, etc.), global positioning system (GPS)-based devices, etc.

[0025] In some embodiments, computing device 100 may include (without limitation) autonomous machines or artificially intelligent agents, such as a mechanical agents or machines, electronics agents or machines, virtual agents or machines, electro-mechanical agents or machines, etc. Examples of autonomous machines or artificially intelligent agents may include (without limitation) robots, autonomous vehicles (e.g., self-driving cars, self-flying planes, self-sailing boats, etc.), autonomous equipment (self-operating construction vehicles, self-operating medical equipment, etc.), and/or the like. Further, “autonomous vehicles” are not limed to automobiles but that they may include any number and type of autonomous machines, such as robots, autonomous equipment, household autonomous devices, and/or the like, and any one or more tasks or operations relating to such autonomous machines may be interchangeably referenced with autonomous driving.

[0026] Further, for example, computing device 100 may include a computer platform hosting an integrated circuit (“IC”), such as a system on a chip (“SoC” or “SOC”), integrating various hardware and/or software components of computing device 100 on a single chip.

[0027] As illustrated, in one embodiment, computing device 100 may include any number and type of hardware and/or software components, such as (without limitation) graphics processing unit (“GPU” or simply “graphics processor”) 114, graphics driver (also referred to as “GPU driver”, “graphics driver logic”, “driver logic”, user-mode driver (UMD), UMD, user-mode driver framework (UMDF), UMDF, or simply “driver”) 116, central processing unit (“CPU” or simply “application processor”) 112, memory 104, wireless network interface device (“wireless device”) 102, drivers, or the like, as well as input/output (I/O) sources 108, such as touchscreens, touch panels, touch pads, virtual or regular keyboards, virtual or regular mice, ports, connectors, etc. Computing device 100 may include operating system (OS) 106 serving as an interface between hardware and/or physical resources of computing device 100 and a user.

[0028] It is to be appreciated that a lesser or more equipped system than the example described above may be preferred for certain implementations. Therefore, the configuration of computing device 100 may vary from implementation to implementation depending upon numerous factors, such as price constraints, performance requirements, technological improvements, or other circumstances.

[0029] Embodiments may be implemented as any or a combination of: one or more microchips or integrated circuits interconnected using a parentboard, hardwired logic, software stored by a memory device and executed by a microprocessor, firmware, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), and/or a field programmable gate array (FPGA). The terms “logic”, “module”, “component”, “engine”, and “mechanism” may include, by way of example, software or hardware and/or a combination thereof, such as firmware.

[0030] In one embodiment, as illustrated, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by memory 104 in communication with operating system 106 and further in communication with I/O source(s) 108 of computing device 100. In another embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by or part of a wireless transmitter. In yet another embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted or facilitated by graphics driver 116. In yet another embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by or part of graphics processing unit (“GPU” or simply graphics processor”) 114 or firmware of graphics processor 114. For example, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be embedded in or implemented as part of the processing hardware of graphics processor 114. Similarly, in yet another embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by or part of central processing unit (“CPU” or simply “application processor”) 112. For example, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be embedded in or implemented as part of the processing hardware of application processor 112.

[0031] In yet another embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by or part of any number and type of components of computing device 100, such as a portion of encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by memory 104 or part of operating system 116, another portion may be hosted by or part of graphics processor 114, another portion may be hosted by or part of application processor 112, while one or more portions of encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be hosted by or part of operating system 116 and/or any number and type of devices of computing device 100. It is contemplated that embodiments are not limited to any implementation or hosting of encoding and adapting mechanism 110 and that one or more portions or components of encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may be employed or implemented as hardware, software, or any combination thereof, such as firmware. Computing device 100 may host network wireless interface(s) to provide access to a network, such as WiGig (IEEE 802.11ad /802.11ay) or WiFi (IEEE 802.11ac/802.11ax) a LAN, a wide area network (WAN), a metropolitan area network (MAN), a personal area network (PAN), Bluetooth, a cloud network, a mobile network (e.g., 3.sup.rd Generation (3G), 4.sup.th Generation (4G), etc.), an intranet, the Internet, etc. Network interface(s) may include, for example, a wireless network interface having antenna, which may represent one or more antenna(e). Network interface(s) may also include, for example, a wired network interface to communicate with remote devices via network cable, which may be, for example, an Ethernet cable, a coaxial cable, a fiber optic cable, a serial cable, or a parallel cable. Further, wireless device 102 may be based on one or more wireless communications technologies, such as WiGig, WiFi, etc., and used for transmitting of encoded videos to other computing devices, such as computing device 250 of FIG. 2.

[0032] Embodiments may be provided, for example, as a computer program product which may include one or more machine-readable media having stored thereon machine-executable instructions that, when executed by one or more machines such as a computer, network of computers, or other electronic devices, may result in the one or more machines carrying out operations in accordance with embodiments described herein. A machine-readable medium may include, but is not limited to, floppy diskettes, optical disks, CD-ROMs (Compact Disc-Read Only Memories), and magneto-optical disks, ROMs, RAMs, EPROMs (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memories), EEPROMs (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memories), magnetic or optical cards, flash memory, or other type of media/machine-readable medium suitable for storing machine-executable instructions.

[0033] Moreover, embodiments may be downloaded as a computer program product, wherein the program may be transferred from a remote computer (e.g., a server) to a requesting computer (e.g., a client) by way of one or more data signals embodied in and/or modulated by a carrier wave or other propagation medium via a communication link (e.g., a modem and/or network connection).

[0034] Throughout the document, term “user” may be interchangeably referred to as “viewer”, “observer”, “speaker”, “person”, “individual”, “end-user”, and/or the like. It is to be noted that throughout this document, terms like “graphics domain” may be referenced interchangeably with “graphics processing unit”, “graphics processor”, or simply “GPU” and similarly, “CPU domain” or “host domain” may be referenced interchangeably with “computer processing unit”, “application processor”, or simply “CPU”.

[0035] It is to be noted that terms like “node”, “computing node”, “server”, “server device”, “cloud computer”, “computing device”, “computing device computer”, “machine”, “host machine”, “device”, “computing device”, “computer”, “computing system”, and the like, may be used interchangeably throughout this document. It is to be further noted that terms like “application”, “software application”, “program”, “software program”, “package”, “software package”, and the like, may be used interchangeably throughout this document. Also, terms like “job”, “input”, “request”, “message”, and the like, may be used interchangeably throughout this document.

[0036] FIG. 2 illustrates the video encoding and view adapting mechanism 110 of FIG. 1 and an encoding and adapting response mechanism (“response mechanism”) 260 according to one embodiment. For brevity, many of the details already discussed with reference to FIG. 1 are not repeated or discussed hereafter. In one embodiment, encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may include any number and type of components, such as (without limitations): detection, tracking, and selection logic (“DTS logic”) 201; estimation and calculation logic 203; evaluation and threshold comparison logic 205; angular velocity computation, encoding, and adjustment logic (“CEA logic”) 207; communication/compatibility logic 209; and cropping and resizing logic 211. Computing device 100 is further shown as having wireless network interface device 102 for transmitting encoded videos to computing device 250, where computing device 100 may employ or run one or more pertinent applications, such as motion tracking and/or sensor fusion applications, etc.

[0037] Similarly, response mechanism 260 at computing device 250 (e.g., HMD, other wearable devices, etc.) includes any number and type of components, such as (without limitations): detection and tracking logic 261; decoding and communication logic 265; and angular velocity computation logic 267.

[0038] It is contemplated that embodiments are not limited to any set or placement of components, such as one or more components 201, 203, 205, 207, 209, 211 of encoding and adapting mechanism 110 may reside on either or both of computing device 100 and HMD 250; similarly, one or more components 261, 265, 267 of response mechanism 260 may reside on either or both of computing device 100 and HMD 250.

[0039] Computing device 250 (hereinafter also referenced as “HMD” or “wearable device”) is further shown to have I/O component(s) 270 including camera(s) 271, sensor(s) 273 (e.g., inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors), microphone(s), speaker(s), etc. HMD 250 is further shown as offering user interface(s) 280 (e.g., graphical user interface (GUI)-based user interface, Web browser, cloud-based platform user interface, software application-based user interface, application programming interfaces (API), etc.). As with computing device 100, HMD 250 may also include or employ one or more wireless network interface devices or radios based on one or more wireless communications technologies, such as WiFi, WiGig, etc.

[0040] It is contemplated that embodiments are not limited to the illustrated one computing device 100 in communication with a single HMD 250 and that in other embodiment, any number and type of computing devices, like computing device 100, may be in communication with any number and type of HMDs, such as HMD 250.

[0041] In one embodiment, computing device 100 may include any number and type of devices, such as desktop computers, laptop computers, mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablet computers, etc.), etc., in communication with HMD 250 over communication medium(s) 230, such as a cloud network, a proximity network, the Internet, etc. In some embodiments, computing device 100 may include a server computer, such as a cloud server computer, in communication with HMD 250 communication medium(s) 230.

[0042] As with encoding and adapting mechanism 110, response mechanism 260 is not limited in how it is used and implemented, such as whether any component or all of response mechanism 260 is hosted by or part of memory, GPU, CPU, or any combination thereof at HMD 250. Similarly, one or more portions or components of response mechanism 260 may be employed or implemented as hardware, software, or any combination thereof, such as firmware. Computing device 100 is further shown to include user interface 219 (e.g., GUI-based user interface, Web browser, cloud-based platform user interface, software application-based user interface, API, etc.). Computing device 100 may further include I/O source(s) 108 having input component(s) 231, such as camera(s) 242 (e.g., surveillance cameras, CCTV cameras, search cameras, Intel.RTM. RealSense.TM. cameras), sensors, microphone(s) 241, etc., and output component(s) 233, such as display device(s) or simply display(s) 244 (e.g., integral displays, tensor displays, projection screens, display screens, etc.), speaker devices(s) or simply speaker(s) 243, etc. Similarly, HMD 250 may include I/O component(s) 270 including all forms and type of input devices (e.g., camera(s) 271, sensors, microphones, etc.) and output devices (e.g., speaker devices, display devices/screens, etc.)

[0043] Computing device 100 is further illustrated as having access to and/or being in communication with one or more database(s) 225 over one or more communication medium(s) 230 (e.g., networks such as a cloud network, a proximity network, the Internet, etc.). In some embodiments, database(s) 225 may include one or more of storage mediums or devices, repositories, data sources, etc., having any amount and type of information, such as data, metadata, etc., relating to any number and type of applications, such as data and/or metadata relating to users, estimations, computations, thresholds, decisions, physical locations or areas, applicable laws, policies and/or regulations, user preferences and/or profiles, security and/or authentication data, historical and/or preferred details, and/or the like.

[0044] As aforementioned, computing device 100 may host I/O sources 108 including input component(s) 231 and output component(s) 233. In one embodiment, input component(s) 231 may include a sensor array including, but not limited to, microphone(s) 241 (e.g., ultrasound microphones), camera(s) 242 (e.g., two-dimensional (2D) cameras, three-dimensional (3D) cameras, infrared (IR) cameras, depth-sensing cameras, surveillance cameras, etc.), capacitors, radio components, radar components, scanners, and/or accelerometers, etc. Similarly, output component(s) 233 may include any number and type of speaker(s) 243, display device(s) 244 (e.g., screens, projectors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs)), and/or vibration motors, etc. For example, as illustrated, input component(s) 231 may include any number and type of microphones(s) 241, such as multiple microphones or a microphone array, such as ultrasound microphones, dynamic microphones, fiber optic microphones, laser microphones, etc.

[0045] It is contemplated that one or more of microphone(s) 241 serve as one or more input devices for accepting or receiving audio inputs (such as human voice) into computing device 100 and converting this audio or sound into electrical signals. Similarly, it is contemplated that one or more of camera(s) 242 serve as one or more input devices for detecting and capturing of image and/or videos of scenes, objects, etc., and provide the captured data as video inputs into computing device 100.

[0046] Similarly, at HMD 250, camera(s) 271 and other input components, such as sensors, microphones, etc., may be used to detect scenes, sounds, and other data for estimation and computation of parameters that can then be used for dynamic encoding of videos and adaptation of views as described throughout this document. It is contemplated that embodiments are not limited to any number or type of microphone(s) 241, camera(s) 242, 271, speaker(s) 243, display(s) 244, etc.

[0047] As aforementioned, VR and AR markets are driving higher refresh rates, while keeping the amount of change between individual frames as small as possible. Thus, significant benefit of necessary wireless bandwidth may be achieved by using temporal compression which relies on the scene changes, where VBR preserves the image quality better than constant bit rate (CBR). It is contemplated that in computing and telecommunications, VBR relates to the bitrate used in sounds and video encoding, while CBR relates to the quality of service as compared to VBR. Although much of the discussion in this document relates to an intra-frame encoding, which involves each video frame being encoded separately without taking past video frames into account, it is contemplated that embodiments not limited in their application or use merely to intra-frame encoding. It is to be noted that embodiments are applicable to and useable with both intra-frame and inter-frame encoding schemes, where inter-frame encoding involves inter frame prediction to benefit from temporal redundancy between neighboring frames enabling higher compression rates. Further, for example, VBR (as opposed to CBR) encoding can be used with both intra-frame and inter-frame encoding cases.

[0048] Embodiments provide for a novel technique for cross layer optimization in computing platform, including VBR encoders, HMD tracking in VR applications, wireless components, etc., based on one or more of the following observations: 1) scene changes are proportional to HMD motions and in a VR usage model, video content is rendered based on a new user pose, where high motion can cause rapid scene change; and 2) in VBR compression mode, the compressed frame size is related to the level of scene change, where rapid scene change increases the encoded frame size and results in a longer wireless transmission time. In a latency fixed wireless VR system, this may cause a frame drop if the frame arrives too late to present at a receiving device (Rx), such as HMD 250.

[0049] In one embodiment, a novel technique is provided to dynamically change the VBR encoding rate based on wireless link bandwidth and motion tracking in VR applications. This novel technique allows for reduction in frame drop occurrences that are due to the reduced bandwidth, while allowing the wireless VR systems to be more robust. In one embodiment, wireless transmission latency is estimated with the current frame size after VBR encoding. Since fast HMD motion or rapid scene change increased the frame size and causes long wireless latencies, this novel technique provides for reduction in VBR encoder rate in order to receive the new frame in time at the receiving device, such as HMD 250, while avoiding repeated frame. Further, for example, for WiGig and other wireless communication technologies which employ beam forming, any movement can present a challenge since wireless bitrates are typically reduced during movement since the radio may need to perform beamforming. Thus, in such cases, detecting HMD movement and proactively reducing the wireless bitrate can help avoid frame drops.

[0050] In conventional video encoding systems, video content is independent from the user motion and thus conventional techniques do not work with motion data to optimize video encoding.

[0051] VR usage is unique in that a scene change is proportional to the HMD motion and any video content is rendered based on the new user pose, where high HMD motion can cause rapid scene changes. These rapid scene changes increase the encoded frame sizes and result in longer wireless transmission time, such as in a latency fixed wireless VR system, this may cause a frame drop if such frame arrives too late to present at the receiving device.

[0052] In one embodiment, detection and tracking logic 261 at HMD 250 may be used to track motion speed (v) of HMD 250 with respect to various movements, such as the intentional or unintentional movement of the head of the user wearing HMD 250, etc. For example, detection and tracking logic 261 may use camera(s) 271, IMU sensor(s) 273, etc., to continuously detect and track any movement of HMD 250 to collect all the pertinent data associated with the movement of HMD 250 and then provide that data to estimation and calculation logic 203 for further computation like estimation of target bitrate to be used (based on movement), such as estimation of frame size (S(v, E)), where E is the current encoder rate, calculate frame transmission latency (L=S/B), where B is the wireless link throughput, where VBR encoding rate is changed if L exceeds a predetermined threshold (L_threshold) as facilitated by evaluation and threshold logic 205 at computing device 100 upon receiving the relevant data from HMD 250 as facilitated by decoding and communication logic 265. The relevant data may include (but not limited to) motion tracking (v, E), frame size estimation (S) with current VBR rate, calculated wireless latency (L) associated with HMD 250, etc. This novel technique allows for reduction in frame drop occurrences and making wireless VR systems increasingly robust.

[0053] As previously described, in conventional techniques, given the frames transmission latency (e.g., 12 msec) that is required due to increased frame size with rapid motion, dropping of frames is a usual occurrence and such frames are not delivered or displayed on time. For example, as shown in Table 1 below, conventional techniques experience frame drops because the latency, L, is greater than the threshold.

[0054] In contrast, embodiments provide for novel technique for adjusting the latency such that the latency equals the threshold and thus all frames are presented without any drops.

TABLE-US-00001 TABLE 1 HMD Motion Speed | Conventional Technique (frame drops) | Novel Technique (no frame drop) Encoded frame size: 800 KB Encoded frame size: 625 KB 200.degree./sec Latency (L): 12.8 msec Latency (L): 10 msec L threshold: 10 msec L threshold: 10 msec

[0055] As further illustrated and discussed with respect to FIG. 3A, in one embodiment, new video encoding rate is used based on S(v) to reduce the encoded frame size and finish the frame transmission within 10 msec such that the frame is received, decoded, and displayed in time. For example, once the HMD motion speed is detected by detection and tracking logic 261 at HMD 250, and the next frame size is estimated by estimation and calculation logic 203 at computing device 100. Then, the size and other pertinent data may be put together and offered from HMD 250 to computing device 100 using decoding and communication logic 265.

[0056] In one embodiment, the pertinent data, including the size, motion speed, etc., is received by DTS logic 201 at computing device 100, over communication medium(s) 225, as facilitated by communication/compatibility logic 209, the data is then evaluated by evaluation and threshold comparison logic 205. For example, evaluation and threshold comparison logic 205 may evaluate the data and calculate transmission latency of the next frame (L) based on S and wireless link bandwidth (B). In one embodiment, this calculated latency is then matched with or compared to a predetermined latency threshold to determine whether an adjustment to the VBR encoding rate is necessitated.

[0057] It is contemplated that the threshold may be pre-computed based any number and type of factors, such as buffer, memory resources, type of HMD 250, overall system resources, type of movement, type of application, and/or the like, and accordingly, this threshold may be dynamically defined and computed in that it can change from time to time or device to device as desired or necessitated.

[0058] In one embodiment, upon comparing the computed latency to the latency threshold, evaluation and threshold comparison logic 205 determines whether the latency is greater than, equal to, or less than the threshold. If the latency is determined to equal to or less than the threshold, then the process continues with the current VBR encoding rate at E and the computed latency. If, however, the latency breaches the threshold, then the VBR encoding rate is adjusted to a new rate (E_new) based on the threshold (L_threshold), size of the frame (S), and the wireless link bandwidth (B) so that the next frame is presented as opposed to being dropped as facilitated by CEA logic 207.

[0059] Embodiments further provide for a novel technique to leverage overdrawn images to reduce visual latency without increasing encode or decode time, while minimizing the size of back end that the users typically get to observe. This novel technique provides for a dynamic field of view adaptation to reduce latency for wireless virtual reality.

[0060] Conventional techniques require overdrawn images with larger field of view (FOV) and re-project the image to the latest position before displaying it on the screen. However, if an overdrawn image cannot fill up the reprojection position, then the users see blank edges. Conventional techniques are limited in that they require extra expensive hardware and do not support reprojection because doing so would introduce large blank edges due to high latency of such techniques.

[0061] As illustrated in FIG. 3C, a person’s dynamic visual acuity (DVA) deteriorates for the increased speed of a moving object. For example, encoding the entire overdrawn image with high resolution during fast movement is unnecessary because asynchronous timewarp (ATW) uses only a part of the image and the ability to discriminate small spatial separation decayed when HMD 250 is moved or rotated quickly. As illustrated in FIG. 3C, overdrawn image 351A includes display area 353A enclosed in encode area 355A when the user’s head is still, but when the user’s head turn left, reprojected overdrawn image 351B move display area 353B and enlarges encode area 355B.

[0062] In one embodiment, in response to the movement, such as the user’s head turning with respect to HMD 250, angular velocity computation logic 267 of response mechanism 260 at HMD 250 may be used to compute the angular velocity (.omega.) of HMD 250, where decoding and communication logic 265 then communicates the angular velocity to DTS logic 201 at computing device 100 for further processing. In one embodiment, upon receiving the angular velocity, cropping and resizing logic 211 may then be triggered to calculate the actual field of view for the current frame. The rendered output of this calculation by cropping and resizing logic 211 is then down sampled into the input of an encoder as facilitated by CEA logic 207 as a constant resolution. The impact on losing the resolution of the image may then be omitted since the dynamic visual acuity is also decreased and thus no impact on quality is observed by the user.

[0063] In one embodiment, the encoded frame as generated by CEA logic 207 is then sent back to HMD 250 detection and tracking logic 261 through communication/compatibility logic 209 and over communication medium(s) 230. This encoded frame is communicated down to FOV logic 269 which uses this information to dynamically adjust the FOV for display each frame such that this adaptive overdraw resolution significantly improves the efficiency of the codec. This novel technique further allows for reduced processing time for overdraw textures in encoder and decoder as facilitated by CEA logic 207 and decoding and communication logic 265, respectively, without any obvious sacrifice on visual quality along with reducing blank size with little or no latency increment, resulting in improved immersive experience of VR over wireless communication between devices 100, 250.

[0064] Further, input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may further include any number and type of camera(s) 242 and 271, respectively, such as depth-sensing cameras or capturing devices (e.g., Intel.RTM. RealSense.TM. depth-sensing camera) that are known for capturing still and/or video red-green-blue (RGB) and/or RGB-depth (RGB-D) images for media, such as personal media. Such images, having depth information, have been effectively used for various computer vision and computational photography effects, such as (without limitations) scene understanding, refocusing, composition, cinema-graphs, etc. Similarly, for example, displays may include any number and type of displays, such as integral displays, tensor displays, stereoscopic displays, etc., including (but not limited to) embedded or connected display screens, display devices, projectors, etc.

[0065] Like computing device 100, other cameras and computing devices, such as camera(s) 271, sensor(s) 273, etc., of HMD 250 in communication with computing device 100 may also include capturing and/or sensing components like those of input components 231 and output components 233, described above and henceforth, including any number and type of cameras as well as other capturing components, sensors, detectors, monitoring tools, speaker devices, display devices, etc.

[0066] Input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may further include one or more of vibration components, tactile components, conductance elements, biometric sensors, chemical detectors, signal detectors, electroencephalography, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, wave detectors, force sensors (e.g., accelerometers), illuminators, eye-tracking or gaze-tracking system, head-tracking system, etc., that may be used for capturing any amount and type of visual data, such as images (e.g., photos, videos, movies, audio/video streams, etc.), and non-visual data, such as audio streams or signals (e.g., sound, noise, vibration, ultrasound, etc.), radio waves (e.g., wireless signals, such as wireless signals having data, metadata, signs, etc.), chemical changes or properties (e.g., humidity, body temperature, etc.), biometric readings (e.g., figure prints, etc.), brainwaves, brain circulation, environmental/weather conditions, maps, etc. It is contemplated that “sensor” and “detector” may be referenced interchangeably throughout this document. It is further contemplated that one or more input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may further include one or more of supporting or supplemental devices for capturing and/or sensing of data, such as illuminators (e.g., IR illuminator), light fixtures, generators, sound blockers, etc.

[0067] It is further contemplated that in one embodiment, input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may further include any number and type of context sensors (e.g., linear accelerometer) for sensing or detecting any number and type of contexts (e.g., estimating horizon, linear acceleration, etc., relating to a mobile computing device, etc.). For example, input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may include any number and type of sensors, such as (without limitations): accelerometers (e.g., linear accelerometer to measure linear acceleration, etc.); inertial devices (e.g., inertial accelerometers, inertial gyroscopes, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) gyroscopes, inertial navigators, etc.); and gravity gradiometers to study and measure variations in gravitation acceleration due to gravity, etc.

[0068] Further, for example, input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may include (without limitations): audio/visual devices (e.g., cameras, microphones, speakers, etc.); context-aware sensors (e.g., temperature sensors, facial expression and feature measurement sensors working with one or more cameras of audio/visual devices, environment sensors (such as to sense background colors, lights, etc.); biometric sensors (such as to detect fingerprints, etc.), calendar maintenance and reading device), etc.; global positioning system (GPS) sensors; resource requestor; and/or TEE logic. TEE logic may be employed separately or be part of resource requestor and/or an I/O subsystem, etc. Input component(s) 231 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may further include voice recognition devices, photo recognition devices, facial and other body recognition components, voice-to-text conversion components, etc. Similarly, output component(s) 233 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may include dynamic tactile touch screens having tactile effectors as an example of presenting visualization of touch, where an embodiment of such may be ultrasonic generators that can send signals in space which, when reaching, for example, human fingers can cause tactile sensation or like feeling on the fingers. Further, for example and in one embodiment, output component(s) 233 and/or I/O component(s) 270 may include (without limitation) one or more of light sources, display devices and/or screens, audio speakers, tactile components, conductance elements, bone conducting speakers, olfactory or smell visual and/or non/visual presentation devices, haptic or touch visual and/or non-visual presentation devices, animation display devices, biometric display devices, X-ray display devices, high-resolution displays, high-dynamic range displays, multi-view displays, and head-mounted displays (HMDs) for at least one of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), etc.

[0069] It is contemplated that embodiment are not limited to any number or type of use-case scenarios, architectural placements, or component setups; however, for the sake of brevity and clarity, illustrations and descriptions are offered and discussed throughout this document for exemplary purposes but that embodiments are not limited as such. Further, throughout this document, “user” may refer to someone having access to one or more computing devices, such as HMD 250, computing device 100, and may be referenced interchangeably with “person”, “individual”, “human”, “him”, “her”, “child”, “adult”, “viewer”, “player”, “gamer”, “developer”, programmer”, and/or the like.

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