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Digital tap using a hand held device ("Digital Rock/Stone")

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199356D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 206K

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Abstract

When someone you know is nearby, but it is too loud or they are too far away to speak with, and you would like to quickly signal them, it can be frustrating not being able to do this. Disclosed is a method that enables use of a phone's motion sensor, using an algorithm and software client components to enable quick, non verbal communication.

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Digital tap using a hand held device ("Digital Rock/Stone")

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention ? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions , or why is an additional solution required ? Cite any relevant technical documents or references .

Quickly alert someone within visual range that you are there by using a mobile device and making a physical throwing motion to pass message between mobile devices

Alternatives are to:
- look up the person's phone number and either send an SMS or make a call. This takes time and has cost associated with it. - shout out their name. The person may not hear or shouting may not be discrete enough
- physically throw a rosk or stone at the person. Hazardous. You may miss. You may not have a stone available.
- go over and tap them physically. Takes time. May be across a road or other side of a fence or some other obstacle.

2. Summary of Invention : Briefly describe the core idea of your invention (saving the details for questions #3 below). Describe the advantage (s) of using your invention instead of the known solutions described above .

The motion sensor in the handheld device detects the throwing movement and passes that to an algorithm .

The system finds other handheld devices within the throwing range and determines which if any are in the thrower 's address book.

The system then sends a message to that person. The message contents and transmission method...