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Method for intelligent display of images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000149673D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Apr-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In the past years, the advertising industry has introduced the notion of digital pictures displayed as a mean of advertising a product or offering. Also for end users, electronic frame pictures can show pictures, photos that can be conveniently loaded into a chip memory. The images displayed in these situations are static in the sense that there is either only one image to be displayed or some images are displayed at some time intervals. In the case of photo frames, the owner can press a button and the images loaded in the memory are alternated one by one. Alternating images can make the advertising or photo display more interesting but it is still a static display of images, which no intelligent way of deciding what images to be chosen for display. There are some situations when images require matching specific factors in order to be displayed. For example it doesn’t make sense to show an ice cappuccino ad if the outside temperature is lower than 10 degrees. A resort should advertise skiing if there is more than 10 cm of snow in that area, biking if there is no snow and no rain. An ad for toys will be displayed in the afternoon and before 9PM since this is the time they will likely be able to see the ad. A photo frame should show colorful flowers in sunlight and pastels in the afternoon. There are a lot of situations as the ones described above that require an intelligent approach to alternate image display. The solution proposed by this disclosure is to create an intelligent way of alternating such images. The idea presented in this disclosure allows creating a solution for automatically alternating images based on specific factors, so that only images that satisfy specific rules could be displayed.

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Method for intelligent display of images

The solution proposed by this article is to create an intelligent way of alternating such images. The idea presented here allows creating a solution for automatically alternating images based on specific factors, so that only images that satisfy specific rules could be displayed. By using this idea, images are intelligently alternated based on specific factors, so that only images that satisfy these factors will be displayed.

This disclosure introduces the notion of an image controller. The image controller listens to factor changes and when this happen, it notifies some rules registered for this type of factors, which in turn decide what images to display. The solution is composed of a Controller, a set of rules and the set of images to be alternated. The images are grouped in a predefined set of categories. The categories can be updated and one image can be defined to be part of more than one category.

A sensor has a name for identification and a routine describing how to calculate the value for this sensor. For example, a time sensor has a getTime() routine which reads the current time based on the current timezone. The Controller contains a set of default sensors and the routine associated with each sensor. New sensors can be added to the existing ones. The controller contains a set of default image categories (such as Christmas, Kids, and Vacation). New categories can be added to the existing ones.

A rule defines a set of sensors is listening to, the values that the sensors should take in order to...