TOKYO, Japan (February 9, 2016) - OPTiM (TSE: 3694), a leading provider of IoT platform services, announced patent acquisition for "Overlay Technology." The patent is for technology that allows graphic instructions to be placed over live streaming video from smart devices, including smartphones, tablets and smart glasses. With this technology, OPTiM is providing essential smooth communication (experience sharing, remote instruction, operation support) for the IoT age. Furthermore, this technology is a standard function in Japan's first remote medical consultation service, Pocket Doctor, which was announced on February 4, 2016.
This patent covers the instruction methods shown above: red pen drawing, finger indicator and text instructions. (Japan patent no. 5192462)
In the face of rapidly-evolving technology, the popularization of smart devices and the improvement of communication infrastructures' speed and quality, smart device usage is increasing in-home and at-work. Moreover, smart device usage is expected to further increase with the dawn of the IoT and wearables era. These developments are making lives easier, while at the same time necessitating that knowledge of a rapidly-growing number of new devices and technologies. Making this environment even more complex is the fact that Japan's workforce is shrinking due to the graying of the current workforce and the decrease of the national birthrate. This has led to a large-scale societal problem, a symptom of which is the lack of specialists across a variety of industries. Considering this, OPTiM has developed a remote technology strategy for the IoT age, Remote Experience Sharing. This is an environment that allows everyone to remotely share experience (knowledge, know-how, and information) with individuals and groups in real-time, contributing to a world in which users can concentrate on their primary tasks and enjoy the benefits of technology's evolution without being an expert. With being able to share instructions with a live video on smart devices, can review a work site's status in real-time from the worker's or customer's point of view and provide detailed support, as if there in person. This service is ideal for corporations that face labor shortages, support cost increases or specialized training for employees.
In addition, with Pocket Doctor, patients who are having trouble going to a hospital or who are unsure if they should go a hospital can receive proper advice.
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Live streaming video from smartphones, tablets and smart glasses can be shared, and instructional graphics can be remotely added with the patented Overlay Technology.
・What is Smart UI?
Smart UI is OPTiM's patented screen-sharing technology that acquires the dimensions of the host device's displayable area and adjusts the screen display ratio of the sharing devices to be the same or near to the width/height acquired.
Furthermore, it allows a device performing remote control to judge whether a device displaying screen information is in vertical orientation or horizontal orientation and to display the screen accordingly.
These technologies allow the best experiences shared among host and sharing devices.
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OPTiM is a leader in internet-based services that improve its clients’ interactions with technology in all aspects of everyday life. Its services include Optimal Biz, a cloud device management service, Optimal Remote, a remote management service, Optimal Support, a setup support service, and the Unlimited content and software suite series. Its business partners include NTT, KDDI, Canon, and Fuji Xerox. Based in Tokyo, Japan, its corporate motto is, “We make the net as simple as breathing.” For more information, please visit the company website.
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