International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A system, method and product for collecting image data in the metaverse. The system includes: a graphical user interface (GUI) for allowing users to set up and manage an image camera in the metaverse. It also includes an instrument for collecting image data from the camera based on an occurrence of a triggering event associated with the camera; and a system for storing or delivering the data from the camera to the user.

Metaverses, sometimes referred to as virtual universes or worlds, are computer-based simulated environments that allow users to inhabit, traverse, and interact via avatars, which are personas or representations of users in the metaverseand generally are two-dimensional or three-dimensional human or fantasical representations of one’s self. Metaverses, are now most common in online multiplayer games that are massively multiplayer like Second Life (a trademark of Linden Research the U.S., other countries or both) as well as the Sims Online (a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S., other countries or both), and World of Warcraft (a trademark of Blizzard Entertainment Inc. in the U.S., other countries or both). The main feature of such games is that they’re permanent, i.e., the virtual worlds are constantly active, even when a user is not logged in. Avatars in these types of metaverses, which can number well over a million and include a range of social and business experiences.

Present metaverse applications permit a user to cause an avatar to snap a photo or video of a nearby scene using, e.g., keystrokes. The photographs or video can then be saved to an avatar’s inventory for example. This however requires theuser to be logged in and active on the metaverse.

The present invention relates to an application for the metaverse that permits the user to collect images from the metaverse without being registered or active in the metaverse at the time that the image data is captured. Instead, the user can put the cameras into the area, and create trigger events that trigger the collection of image data. In this way, once the camera is installed, image data is collected by the user in an automatic manner, independent of the actions of the user or the user’s avatar.

One embodiment of the metaverse system comprises cameras that collect image data from within a metaverse. It comprises: A computer system comprising an interface for setting up and managing cameras in the metaverse, a system to collect image information from the camera, based on an event associated with the camera; and a system to store or transfer the image data.

Another embodiment comprises computer-readable storage media that contains a computer-readable program that can be used to capture image information from within a Metaverse . It includes: program code to implement an interface for installing and managing cameras inside the ; code code to collect information from the camera based on an occurrence associated with the camera; code code to store and transmit images.

The third form of embodiment is an approach to capture image data within a Metaverse . It provides an interface that allows users to install and control a camera in the , gathering images from the camera in response to events that trigger with the camera, and finally storage and delivery of the images.

In the fourth embodiment, there is a method of collecting data from the metaverse for at least one person, comprising: receiving an installation of a recording device within the metaverse; receiving a description of at least one triggeringevent connected to the recording device; collecting the data that resulted from it and storing the resulting set of data, for at least one user.

The illustrative aspects of the invention have been designed to solve the problems herein mentioned and other problems that are not addressed.

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