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Method for getting directions to geolinks in news articles, reports, directories by using Current Location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015566D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This publication describes a novel method for getting directions to geolinks in news articles, reports, directories, etc. by using the current location of the device from which the application request is initiated.

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  Method for getting directions to geolinks in news articles, reports, directories by using Current Location

    This publication describes a novel method for getting directions to geolinks in news articles, reports, directories, etc. by using the current location of the device from which the application request is initiated.

A scenario explains this idea more clearly:

1. You are traveling say in Paris
2. You constantly use your Online Paris Travel guide on your wireless PDA to find out about the tourist attractions
3. What if the text describing tourist attractions has 'geolinks' to other tourist attractions (Geolinks are like hyperlinks except that these links have location descriptors which can be sent to location services)
4. When you click on the 'Geolink' you are given a menu of choices which include placing the geolink on a map with reference to your current location, giving you driving directions to this 'geolink', and also telling you the approximate distance and time to the link from your current location.
5. The Travel Guide also has 'geolinks' to restaurants in the area and at lunch time you click to the 'geolink' to the recommended Italian restaurant and the 'geolink' uses your current location and gives you directions/time/distance to the geolinked
6. In the evening, you click on your online travel document given to you by your travel agent and clink on the 'geolink' of the hotel you are booked in and you can see how far your hotel is from your current location.
7. If your hotel is very far you click on the 'geolink' of the cab service and the device calls the cab service and gives the cab your current location, so that it can pick you up.

Essentially this defines a concept of a 'geolink' and defines a method of using a geolink to get information on the 'geolink' using the device's current location as a reference. You can use location in conjunction with the location of geolinks

A GEOLink can be thought of as an object representing a location, business, residence, or even a current location. GEOLinks can be manipulated and consumed as any other high level object, attached to an eMail message, made part of a business card (electronic or physical), imbedded in product advertising, maintained in a calendar or address book, used by a mapping application, shown within a Web browser, or any number of other applica...