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Method for dissimilar communication devices or methods to notify each other of availability or activation.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126514D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jul-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jul-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

What is proposed is a method of cross device notification in which devices, once they are powered on or initiated notify other communcation devices or channels.

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Method for dissimilar communication devices or methods to notify each other of availability or activation.

One of the benefits of the current electronic generation is the multiple methods of potential communcation. However, that also turns out to be one of the drawbacks. Many times conversations may go like this:

Person One: Hey, I didn't see you on the chat network, so I tried your cell phone. No answer there.

Person Two: Well, did you try my messaging device?

Person One: Well, no, initially. But, I did try to send chat to you on the messaging device later in the day.

Person Two: Oh, well later in the day I was at work and on the chat network. Besides, my cell is only turned on when I'm expecting a phone call.

This is an example of some communication devices that must be "turned on" and initiated by users. However, some users, for whatever reasons, use different devices in different parts of the day. Suppose one is in a building where cell phone reception is unreliable, but the pager always works?

What is disclosed is a method where non-common devices perform cross-notification of availability to each other.

When a device is powered on, it first scans it's database. If the database (or maybe address book) has entries, the device then checks to see if each entry in the database has a further notification bit set. If there is an entry with a notification bit set, then the device sends an SMS or other type of standardized protocol message to the other device essentially saying, "Hello, device X is reporting that it has been activated". In the exa...