Patent Number: 8,823,708

Title: Teleport preview provisioning in virtual environments

Abstract: Upon a request for a teleportation operation, a user of a virtual universe is provided with an interface for specification of image resolution parameters for initial rendering of a teleportation destination and the user's avatar which are degraded from a full resolution rendering of the teleportation destination and avatar. Degradation of resolution can be in regard to any of a plurality of image qualities such as spatial resolution, temporal resolution colors or color depth, light modeling and rendering style or the like or combinations thereof. Alternatively, a degraded copy of the teleportation destination can be provided as an alternative initial teleportation destination image. Since a rendering of a degraded image can be done with reduced response time, the user is thus provided with full control over a trade-off between image quality and response time and teleportation operations are thus encouraged.

Inventors: Dawson; Christopher J. (Arlington, VA), Graham; Barry M. (Silver Spring, MD), Hamilton; Rick A. (Charlottesville, VA), Pickover; Clifford A. (Yorktown Heights, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G09G 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018