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System & Method of Calling a Person Based on Mobile Device Accelerometer and Light Sensor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199398D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an application for an automatic dialing feature to work with a mobile device that places phone calls based on the context of the device application and the gestural motion of the device.

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System & Method of Calling a Person Based on Mobile Device Accelerometer and Light Sensor

The latest technologies in mobile devices offer a combination of accelerometer technology, global positioning systems (GPS), light sensors, and other functionality to improve the user experience. With this advancement in technology comes growth and innovation in a variety of applications.

The core functionality of a device, however, remains the telephone call. The simple act of making a call is still traditional and cumbersome with the current devices; a user has to navigate to a contact list or phone interface and visually scan and enter numbers. Though some improvements have been made to improve this experience (ie, speed dialing, voice prompted dialing, etc.), opportunity for improvement remains in navigation and ease of use.

There are no existing solutions relevant to this disclosure.

The disclosed invention proposes a system and method of making phone calls with the mobile device based on the context of the device application and the gestural motion of the device. With the advent of accelerometers and light sensor technology, the mobile device detects the combination of the context of the device application and the user's position of the phone to automatically initiate an action. Users can make phone calls based on the context of what they are viewing or doing within their smart phone/mobile device. The invention proposed applies to any device having access to a system that has contact information and advanced phone technology. The simple gestural act of bringing the device to the ear simplifies the experience of placing a call by cutting out user navigation, visual scanning and touch accuracy. The system integrates with the mobile device's native settings so the user can turn this function on/off.

For example: a user is viewing a web page that has a phone number associated with it. The user places the phone to their ear while viewing this page to initiate the call. The gesture of bringing the phone up to the ear leverages the device accelerometer and light sensor and makes a call based on the context of what the user is viewing. The same context-plus-action pattern could be applied to e-mail messages o...