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Method for Activity Completion Detection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202519D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which a task-list application automatically marks an activity as completed based on the activity?s status. The user sets Activity Completion Parameters and the system updates the to-do list and sends notifications to the user in response to detected activities.

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Method for Activity Completion Detection

Tools such as on-line calendaring, electronic to-do lists, and activity tracking help organize a user's work and social activities. It is often a difficult for a user to maintain an accurate to-do list when tracking a large number of activities. An inaccurate to-do list may lead to unnecessary inefficiencies. For example, a system might send an activity reminder for a task already completed, forcing a user to take time to process this superfluous reminder. Likewise, the user must take the time to log in and maintain their activities in order to mark them as complete or incomplete. It is difficult for the user to feel a sense of accomplishment regarding their list of activities unless they are diligently keeping track of tasks completed against the to-do list.

There are a number of to-do list management applications such as:
• Remember the milk: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
• Ta-da lists: http://tadalist.com/
• My life organized: http://www.mylifeorganized.net/

All of these are very similar, allowing the user to create lists, sometimes including sub-lists and dependencies, share lists, and mark items as completed.

No known solutions have the ability to automatically determine if and when items on the list have been completed.

This publication explores how to automatically detect whether or not a to-do activity has been completed by leveraging information about the list's owner including:
• Time spent at a location
• Purchases made
• Telephone conversations
• On-line conversations
• Emails
• Time spent within an application

The disclosed solution is a method for a system to mark an activity as completed based on an activity's status. The method also includes configurable reminders and other custom actions that can be performed as needed. Novel components of this publication are the ability to set Activity Completion Parameters and updating the to-do list and notifications based on system-detected activities.

The following process leverages the disclosed technology in a preferred embodiment where a user maintains an on-line to-do list.
1. A user enters their to-do items in a list and sets notification settings on the items.

2. Activity Completion Parameters: For each activity specified in step one, the user has the option to specify one or more "activity completion" parameters indicated

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