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Method to disable phone features while driving based on detection of gesturing, eye, head, and body position.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000204465D
Original Publication Date: 2011-Feb-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2011-Feb-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

Related People

Arnie Weksler: INVENTOR [+3]

Abstract

There aren't many effective methods to disable certain phone features for the driver while allowing the passenger to freely use their device. Use of these features is dangerous and illegal in certain states.

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Method to disable phone features while driving based on detection of gesturing, eye, head, and body position.

If movement is detected either by accelerometer,

GPS

, or other methods, and if the user is trying to access certain phone features, the phone would detect gesturing, eye movement, or body positioning that may indicate driving, then disable the feature or phone the user is trying to use. One way this can be accomplished is by using the camera to determine eye, head, and arm positioning to determine if the person could be driving a vehicle. For example, if the eye focus shifts from the phone to the horizon multiple times, then this would be an indication of potential driving. Also if the camera can see that the person has one arm extended, or an arm extended to a steering wheel, this would also be an indication of driving. Alternatively, if a second camera behind the phone senses a

steeringĀ  wheel image, then this would be an indication of driving.