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Detecting and communicating environmental attributes derived in real time from cell phones and overlaid on a map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200692D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Document File: 5 page(s) / 817K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a user with real-time environmental information for a specific location via their electronic device when that device is equipped with measurement tools such as a hygrometer, barometer, and thermometer. The information is displayed either in text or is layered over a map for visual representation.

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Detecting and communicating environmental attributes derived in real time from cell

phones and overlaid on a map

When choosing destinations such as tourist attractions, camp sites, hiking paths,

restaurants, or a variety of location-specific information, it often helps to understand the

environmental conditions of the area.

For example, varying degrees of barometric pressure can affect people with inner ear

conditions, causing vertigo or other side effects. Humidity (both indoor and outdoor)

can affect the presence of allergens, and the rate at which people sweat, among others.

Thus, there are very real considerations for many people when traveling or deciding on

a particular activity. It is very important to have reliable, accurate, location-specific

environmental information.

Environmental conditions can vary widely throughout large cities; however, web-based

reports often provide only a single temperature or weather condition for the city as a

whole. A method is needed which automatically provides a more location-specific report

of environmental conditions.

Known solutions include applications where users have to manually input the weather

conditions in their area as well as a patent that covers the environmental condition data

collection, but instead of storing it at a central server shares it with other phones in the

area. (1)

No relevant solutions were found related to location-based services collecting

environmental information or overlaying environmental data on a map.

The disclosed solution offers a method for outfitting portable devices such as cell

phones, tablets, and others, with a hygrometer, thermometer, barometer, and others in

order to collect real-time statistics in a given area. Some of these capabilities can be

built into circuits, saving space, or used by features already present, such as a camera.

When a user researches searches for and retrieves a destination on a map, these

environmental conditions are individually or collectively viewed as overlays on the map.

The invention may include a time-lapse to provide some direction of changes in

weather. Additionally, a user can specify a range of ideal conditions for a destination as

part of their search criteria.

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