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User experience enhancements for location based calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181431D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Apr-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Apr-02
Document File: 6 page(s) / 169K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an improved calendar system which is location awared and would provide users with some new features.

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User experience enhancements for location based calendar

This invention is directed to provide an improved location aware electronic calendar system. Firstly, it is assumed that there is a location information system ready to run, which stores and manages all the information of requested resources, such as cities, buildings, meeting rooms, and probably the desks of every employee. Based on this, the location information system can provide some add-on information like the distance and road map between two points, the phone number of a meeting room, etc.

Note: the location information system could be a build-in or

independent system of the said calendar system.

With such a location information system and the location of all the resources installed, the said calendar system works together with it to provide some new and location related features to the user.Some of these new features are listed here, but the real implementation is not limited to these.

The said calendar system will provides a "location view" for the past or coming events, which is compared to the normal "list view" in the common calendar systems. The "location view" emphasizes on the location switch information for theuser, and the events are still being organized in a time sequence. With this view,the user can get a clear awareness about where he/she will go, and in what a time sequence very quickly.

When the user creates/updates calendar entry and selects the location, the system could make a recommendation on the location by detecting the position of the user and then seekingthe most appropriate meeting room.

When a meeting room is booked, the said calendar system automatically retrieves the location information as well as other necessary information (like phone number). These kinds of information could be attached in the event entry and be send to all the invitees.

For a coming event, the system will calculate the distance from the user's current location to the event's location, and then determine at which moment the alarm should be displayed for the user.

Sometimes if an invitee is late, other people have to wait and having no sense of how long need to wait. With this system, the late person's location could be captured and compared with the event location, finally an estimated late time will be provided for the user. Then the people will know whether they need to adjust the schedule or do some thing else.

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