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Photographic Activators for To-Do Tasks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198124D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

This idea exploits new sophisticated processing capabilities of mobile phones to easily generate a To-Do or task that can be added to a user's calendar and can also contain detailed descriptive information. Using this invention, a user can capture a photo of a person or object related to a task or work item, then create and add that task as a To-Do on a calendar.

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Photographic Activators for To-Do Tasks

Use of photography capabilities of mobile phones continues to increase significantly as they have become more sophisticated and more like digital cameras with personal computers. People often use mobile phones instead of note pads to create memos and reminders. Using cell phone text messaging-like input for reminders is slow and time-consuming. Voice reminders can be created easily, but if they require complicated descriptive material to be included such as product codes, street names, flow charts, etc., they generally end up containing insufficient information.

This idea exploits new sophisticated processing capabilities of mobile phones to easily generate a To-Do or task that can be added to the user's calendar and can also contain detailed descriptive information. Using this invention, a user can capture a photo of a person or object related to a task or work item, then create and add that task as a To-Do on a calendar. This invention also can be applied to photographs stored on computer servers, personal computers or down loaded from the Web. It exploits a list of possible actions that could be related to an icon, an object or a person in a photograph.

The following embodiment of this invention is for mobile phones. However, the same idea applies equally to photographs or icons stored on computer servers or other electronic devices, personal computers, or down loaded from the Web.

Consider the following:


A user is shopping and sees a display of birthday cards. The user remembers that next month is the user's mother-in-law's birthday and that a party needs to be planned. The user also needs to purchase a gift. A very nice waffle maker is on display but the price is too high and the user would like to find a better price on the Web before purchasing it. Using this invention, the user could do the following:

Take a photo of the birthday card and save the picture on the phone

Photograph the waffle iron name and product number and save the picture on the

phone

Hit the To-Do button

The To-Do activation software would execute the following steps:

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Ask the user to identify the photograph(s) to be used in the generation of this

To-Do (these could be images from the Web)

Analyze the photographs with object recognition software

Recognize the first object as a birthday card and display a list of actions related to

birthday cards such as: send a card, plan a party, purchase a gift, purchase food or supplies, find recipes, order a cake, etc.

Request that the user select a task from a...