U.S. Patent 7746345 was awarded to on 2010-06-29 and describes a “System and method for generating an animatable character.” This patent has been cited 297 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative computer technology patents in the field of electrical engineering. The abstract states:
A system and method are disclosed for generating an animatable object. A skeleton of the desired character is constructed by the user utilizing various predetermined components. These predetermined components include a various selection of rods and joints. The rods are static components which remain rigid during motion, while the various joints are moveable components. A static digitized image, for example, an image of the user, is utilized and a constructed skeleton is superimposed onto it. The desired object, such as the image of the user, can then be extracted from the background of the digital image and the resulting personal character can then be animated, for instance by selecting and dragging one of the hands with a mouse. Link: U.S. Patent 7746345
This patent was originally filed on 2007-02-27 which gives it a processing time of 1218 days, compared to an average processing time of 1638 in the field. has total patents. The first named inventor is Kevin L. Hunter of Sunnyvale, CA. The primary examiner was Ulka Chauhan.
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