US Patent No. 10,678,220

FOLLOW SPOT CONTROL SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,678,220
Issue Date June 09, 2020
Title Follow Spot Control System
Inventorship Martin Farnik, Roznov pod Radhostem (CZ)
Pavel Jurik, Prostredni Becva (CZ)
Josef Valchar, Prostredni Becva (CZ)
Jindrich Vavrik, Zubri (CZ)
Jiri Zatopek, Valasske Mezirici (CZ)
Assignee Robe Lighting s.r.o., Roznov pod Radhostem (CZ)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,678,220

1. A follow spot control system, comprising:a memory;
a processor electrically coupled to the memory and configured to execute instructions received from the memory;
a mounting mechanism configured to mount a follow spot controller for motion in at least pan and tilt axes of movement; and
a communication interface electrically coupled to the processor, the communication interface configured to communicate with a plurality of automated luminaires,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
store in the memory first and second sets of individual pan and tilt parameters for each of the plurality of automated luminaires;
calibrate individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires relative to a surface of a performance area in a three-dimensional (3-D) model of (i) the surface of the performance area and (ii) the individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires relative to the performance area, where the individual locations and mounting orientations of the plurality of automated luminaires are calibrated based on the stored first and second sets of individual pan and tilt parameters;
sense a change in a physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement,
send operator pan and tilt parameters to a first automated luminaire of the plurality of automated luminaires via the communication interface, the operator pan and tilt parameters based on the sensed change in the physical orientation of the mounting mechanism in the at least pan and tilt axes of movement, and
send individual calculated pan and tilt parameters to each of the remainder of the plurality of automated luminaires via the communication interface, the individual calculated pan and tilt parameters based on (i) the operator pan and tilt parameters of the first automated luminaire and (ii) the 3-D model.