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Method of automatically adopting acceptable social norms by using location-based situational events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200689D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 383K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that identifies a user’s location and accordingly alters the settings on mobile devices. The system utilizes a distributed social network comprised of an individual's mobile phones, laptops, or automobiles, as well as a centralized repository to store and associate the given location-based events and actions. Upon making certain associations, the system automatically pushes setting changes to mobile devices that are appropriate for the situation.

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Method of automatically adopting acceptable social norms by using location -based situational events

When entering social situations for the first time, individuals are not always aware of standard social norms for the current situation. This can often present itself as an unintended interruption or distraction. For instance, a moviegoer forgets to silence their mobile phone when entering the theater and during a crucial point in the movie, they receive a phone call. This obviously disrupts the other movie goers and raises the negative attention of the individual's current social community.

Similarly, many states are now enacting distracted driving laws to prevent drivers from checking text messages or smart-phone features while driving. If these features were automatically disabled while the user was detected to be in control of a vehicle, this would reduce the number of distracted driving incidents. Reminders and laws will only go so far, as individuals need to comply with these norms at a personal level.

A system that identifies a user's location and accordingly alters the settings on mobile devices would ensure social propriety and lawful compliance.

The method described in this disclosure utilizes a distributed social network comprised of an individual's mobile phones, laptops, or automobiles, as well as a centralized repository to store and associate the given location-based events and actions. From these two components, the system generates location-based events according to global positioning system (GPS), wireless geo-location, or signed-in services. As these events are generated, the mobile device then checks with the central repository -- made available by the given service provider (mobile phone service provider, automobile GPS service provider, or third-party provider) -- for actions by others that are in a given proximity. Once the appropriate actions are determined, the individual's device is then au...