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A method for intelligently enabling mobile devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200321D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

The current idea is for traffic lights (or other devices set up at a carpool lane, drive-thru, etc.) to transmit data about its current state and the amount of time until the state changes. This information can be received by a mobile device that will then determine if there is sufficient time remaining to enable the receiving device, and to only enable it if so.

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A method for intelligently enabling mobile devices

With the increasing number of portable gadgets and new capabilities available in automobiles, drivers are continuously faced with added distractions. Some responsible drivers are able to manage safe usage of these devices and features by only using them while immobile at a stop light. Others are not very successful in selectively restricting usage of these devices and, in turn,

put themselves and fellow drivers and passengers at risk of vehicular and bodily harm.

Currently, some devices can be disabled while in motion (such as text messaging on mobile

phones or DVD players visible to a driver), but determining when to re-enable the device is not

always optimal. For instance, the device may become enabled at a stop light although the light may only be red for another 3 seconds. This in itself can become an additional distraction. Users must either consciously decide when it is "safe" to use a mobile device by anticipating how long a traffic light will be red or use software such as Textecution that only relies on motion and no timing knowledge that would make the decision to enable function more intelligent and safe.

This invention involves sending and receiving devices capable of communicating with one another. The sending device provides information to a driver's receiving device. This transmitted information is not limited to, but includes the current state of a stop light and time until that state changes. The receiving device acquires the information and decides to either enable or disable a device or specific function within a device.

The transmitting device can be built into o...