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Intelligent Awareness For Mobile Devices on Storing and Retrieving Contact Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201488D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for allowing end users of mobile devices to be made aware of contextual data of other users within their social network, in relation to the mobile users current context (ie. Location, time, surroundings). Allowing the mobile device to prompt them for people to contact based on this.

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Intelligent Awareness For Mobile Devices on Storing and Retrieving Contact Data

Disclosed is a system for allowing end users of mobile devices to be made aware of contextual data of other users within their social network, in relation to the mobile users current context (ie. Location, time, surroundings). Allowing the mobile device to prompt them for people to contact based on this.

Mobile device set-up.

The user sets up the device to determine where it should look for social based context data. This can be but not limited to: Social networking sites, Calendar, Email (multiple accounts), Forums, Really Simple Syndication/Short Message Service (RSS/SMS) type feeds, Global Positioning System (GPS). Where required the various sites login data is stored and protected. The user can specify which settings can take priority over the other. For example GPS location may be looked up first before calendar or visa versa. The user can also set if one wishes for related social based sites to share the data back from the mobile device. The option for vocal based context can be switched on/off globally or at a contact by contact basis. (See call in progress section). The users social based contact information is queried from time to time. Eg. Scheduled, at Sync/Docking stage, etc. The user can also specify if one wishes for locational data to be shared with other devices when determining context.

Adding a contact to the mobile device .

The user selects add Contact button the mobile device. Standard input fields appear for a contact. The user has an option to look for context relationship.

When the context button is pressed the mobile device will query the locations specified. Using these sites it will build a relationship of the contact. Some or all of this may be cached to the device. Current location is also taken into account and is checked up to see the context of what is happening at that time.

Example (At an exhibition):

Device will determine the location and query the internet site that relates that location.

Will request what exhibition is currently ongoing.

Determines those within a certain layer of social context who are also at the exhibition. Requests a floor plan map to get the stand that one is currently at. Gets the context data of that stand.

This data is stored against the contact. The user can see what information is found and has the option to add/remove/amend as required. If the user has set to share context data with other social based sites then this information is sent back to related sites at times when it is available to do so (eg. Sync/network connection).

Selecting a contact.

The user selects the context aware contacts list on the device. The device determines the users location, currently appointments and context to both.

For example:

At an exhibition which is paid for by work then it may pick co-workers who share a common interest in the stand one is at.

In a nightclub it can pick people who one socializes with duri...