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PDA Location Alarms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015654D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Current PDAs such as Palm** have the capability of alarms. These can be set to remind you at particular times for meetings, appointments etc. Such PDAs are only aware of time, they have not concept of location. Imagine the following scenario:

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PDA Location Alarms

Current PDAs such as Palm** have the capability of alarms. These can be set to remind you at particular times for meetings, appointments etc. Such PDAs are only aware of time, they have not concept of location. Imagine the following scenario:

    On arriving at work you notice that your car is low on petrol "Must remember that on the way home - probably forget though" would be a typical thought. You could set an alarm on my PDA, but at what time? Many people are not entirely sure what time they are leaving. Ideally when you got back to your car, you'd like to be reminded to get petrol. The idea is therefore to make the PDAs aware of their relative location. This could be achieved with technology such as Bluetooth. Having an inbuilt ability to sense devices in the immediate location would enable alarms to be triggered based on location.

    This would make devices, currently only aware of time, be able to create stimulus to humans based on time, and/or relative locations. This makes them more useful - it would definitely make sure that I didn't forget to fill the car up tonight!

** Palm is a trademark of Palm Inc.

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