US Patent No. 10,659,511

AUTOMATED REAL-TIME DATA STREAM SWITCHING IN A SHARED VIRTUAL AREA COMMUNICATION ENVIRONMENT


Patent No. 10,659,511
Issue Date May 19, 2020
Title Automated Real-time Data Stream Switching In A Shared Virtual Area Communication Environment
Inventorship David Van Wie, Eugene, OR (US)
Paul J. Brody, Palo Alto, CA (US)
Assignee Sococo, Inc., Boston, MA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,659,511

1. A method of connecting network nodes associated with respective objects in a virtual area comprising:by computer apparatus, sending to the network nodes computer readable instructions for establishing one or more real-time data stream connections between the network nodes according to a virtual area specification comprising a description of a spatial layout of zones that are fixed in relation to geometric elements of the virtual area, wherein each of the zones is associated with a different respective zone boundary in the virtual area and a respective switching rule, and each switching rule specifies a stream connection between sources of a respective real-time data stream type within the zone boundary of a respective designated source one of the zones and sinks of the respective real-time data stream type within the boundary of a respective designated sink one of the zones; and
wherein execution of the instructions causes the network nodes to perform operations comprising, for each switching rule, establishing a respective stream connection for streaming the respective real-time data stream type between (i) a first one of the network nodes that is associated with an object within the zone boundary of the respective designated source zone and (ii) a second one of the network nodes that is associated with an object within the geometric boundary of the respective designated sink zone.