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System and Method for Using Smart URL on Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130446D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

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Abstract

On a browser of a computer and on wireless mobile device, the user has to go to the URL (Universal Resource Locator) and type in the desired Internet site that they are interested in. For example, if one wishes to go to the CNN home page, one would go to the URL field and type "http://www.cnn.com". Finding information using a wireless mobile browser may be cumbersome and painstakingly slow as compared to a connection on a regular computer. Once an URL is entered, the user waits until the request is fetched, then waits until the data is downloaded onto their mobile device and finally, waits until all the data is rendered. Furthermore, the user would need to jump through multiple links before getting access to the desired information. Some companies have tried to tackle this problem by creating web portals with custom profiles (e.g., MSN, My Yahoo, etc.) where once set up, the user can view the latest data based on the criteria they have set up. However, web portals are not very flexible; they require initial setup and don't return unique data requests quickly. It would be nice to combine the concept of the ubiquity of URL with the usefulness and breadth of information of web portal on a mobile device. The proposed solution is to replace the URL for a wireless browser with a Smart URL. A URL is broken down into two components - the access protocol (e.g., "http://") and the domain name ("www.cnn.com"). Both of these components can be classified into the category "action". The example above - http://www.cnn.com - will tell the browser to access the Internet using http protocol and go to the CNN domain name (site). The invention of a Smart URL ties in the concept of an "action" with a "request". A request is to ask for a specific piece of information at the "action" site. Examples of request might be: - find weather at http://www.weathernetwork.ca - find directions to Toronto at http://www.mapquest.ca - find address of person at http://www.canada411.com This invention is to extend the action / request concept further to create a Smart URL, where a Smart URL would have pre-defined actions. The user would be able to define these actions (or choose a preset one) and type in their request. The browser will then be able to go to the action site and return relevant pieces of information from their request. For example, the following may be Smart URLs: Sample Action Request Description phone://123-456-7890 phone 123-456-7890 - call number and / or return info based on phone number weather://a2f-4d8 weather a2f-4d8 - find weather for specified postal code dictionary://patent dictionary patent - define word The gist of the invention is to create a Smart URL where by entering a preset action and providing a defined request, the browser can go fetch the information. This will circumvent going to a web page directly and searching for data. The Smart URL concept can be extended to provide additional information based on the request info. For example, on the Smart URL of a wireless browser, if one types "phone:// 123-456-7890", upon sending, the browser will fetch the number and will return with 1 of these choices: 1. Option to dial number via phone application 2. Option of displaying contact information (i.e., a Canada 411 lookup) with address info 3. Option of displaying company website (www.rim.com) if the number belongs to company 4. Option of displaying map or driving direction to the location By providing the type of action and the desired request of information, the user is able to complete their desired key action (i.e., phoning that number), but also find relevant information based on that action (e.g., driving directions, web site, contact, etc). The architecture of the Smart URL will utilize mobile data server and / or web-based application distributed across the Internet to process the request.

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SMART URL

System and Method for Using Smart URL on

Mobile

Device

Disclosed Anonymously

On a browser of a computer and on wireless mobile device, the user has to go to the URL (Universal Resource Locator) and type in the desired Internet site that they are interested in. For example, if one wishes to go to the CNN home page, one would go to the URL field and type "http://www.cnn.com".

Finding information using a wireless mobile browser may be cumbersome and painstakingly slow as compared to a connection on a regular computer. Once an URL is entered, the user waits until the request is fetched, then waits until the data is downloaded onto their mobile device and finally, waits until all the data is rendered. Furthermore, the user would need to jump through multiple links before getting access to the desired information.

Some companies have tried to tackle this problem by creating web portals with custom profiles (e.g., MSN,  My Yahoo, etc.) where once set up, the user can view the latest data based on the criteria they have set up. However, web portals are not very flexible; they require initial setup and don't return unique data requests quickly. It would be nice to combine the concept of the ubiquity of URL with the usefulness and breadth of information of web portal on a mobile device.

The proposed solution is to replace the URL for a wireless browser with a Smart URL. A URL is broken down into  two components -  the access protocol (e.g., "http://") and the domain name ("www.cnn.com"). Both of these components can be classified into the category "action".

The example above - http://www.cnn.com - will tell the browser to access the Internet using http protocol and go to the CNN domain name (site).

The invention of a Smart URL ties in the concept of an "action" with a "request". A request is to ask for a specific piece of information at the "action" site. Examples of request might be:

 

  - find weather at http://www.weathernetwork.ca

  - find directions to

Toronto

at http://www.mapquest.ca

  - find address of person at http://www.canada411.com

This invention is to extend the action / request concept further to create a Smart URL, where a Smart URL would have pre-defined actions. The user would be abl...