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Alarm display based on the device and user's presence

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200373D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system which enables personal electronic and hand-held devices to recognize the close proximity of other related devices and sound an appointment or meeting notification alarm on only the device closest to, in use, or configured by the user. The system utilizes wireless signal strength, radio frequency identification (RFID), calendar entry, network characteristics such as name and location, a device's Global Positioning System (GPS) location, user custom configuration or other method to determine which device displays alarms.

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Alarm display based on the device and user 's presence

When end-users have multiple personal electronic and handheld devices made by the same company, they have the ability to synchronize the calendar alarms across all of the devices. The problem is, if all of the alarms sound simultaneously in close proximity to one another, it can be overly-disruptive to the users and those around them.

The disclosed solution is a system which enables each device to recognize the close proximity of other related devices. This is determined using the wireless signal strength, radio frequency identification (RFID), calendar entry, network characteristics such as name and location, a device's Global Positioning System (GPS) location, or other method. The system also recognizes which device is closer to the user and determines on which device to display the alarm. The end user can also configure on which device to always display the alarm.

The system provides users with the ability to configure unique activities, such as having a specific program or application open, to indicate their presence to a device. The active device can then indicate to the other devices that the user is currently close to the active device.

Novel to this invention is its ability to have the devices learn the user's location and the locations of the other devices, and automatically make the decision as to which device to display the alarm and inform the other devices not to display the alarm.

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