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AGMS - Animated Graphical Messaging Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180735D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Current technology allows cellular (and some wireline) users to transmit text, graphics, pictures and movies to mobile and some wireline telephones. However, the text, graphics and pictures are all static. There is no way to create nor transmit animated content such as we are used to seeing on our computer screen savers and in animated slide presentations.

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AGMS - Animated Graphical Messaging Service

This invention will enable the creation and transmission of animated text and graphics to phones.

Creation
Multiple means for creating the animated text and graphics will be provided ...
1) Internet - based editor for creating the content. Just as one can write an SMS on an internet-enabled computer and send it from there, you will be able to create animated content to be delivered to phones as well.
2) Smartphone - Many new smartphones have TFT touch screens. These can be used to provide the animation information by providing an AGMS editor and tracking the use of the pen on the screen to capture relevant timing, positioning and other information.
3) Regular phone - Lower end cellular phones can be used in a way similar to the smartphones. Rather than relying on a touch screen though, the animation information would be provided using the phone's joystick and/or keypad inside a special editor.

The animation information captured will contain vector and timing information, and will not result in high volumes of data such as would be necessary if the animation were to be captured as a video.

Transmission
A new format will be defined which will combine the content and animation information. In order to play the animation, this format must be known by the receiving device.

    If the receiving device does not support the AGMS format, then a server-side component can transform the message from AGMS to a normal video (mp4 for example) and then transfer it to the device as such. This enables even those devices that do not support the technology to receive animated messages as movies.

Advantages
When SMS was initially introduced noone believed that it would generate the amount of revenues that it does today, and that it would become such a mainstream way of communicating. We believe that AGMS will further the SMS/MMS revolution.

    In addition, there are many emerging areas such as r...