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A method and system to switch application status based on user location to improve user's working experience and efficiency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220910D
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-15
Document File: 5 page(s) / 87K

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Disclosured is a method and system to swich application statues based on user location to improve user's working experience and efficiency. Computing the distance between user and his computer through their mobile devices, monitor the distance and change the status of computer/application automatically when detecting a distance change.

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A method and system to switch application status based on user location to improve user's working experience and efficiency

The idea comes from 2 outstanding issues that we meet day by day.


1. During the routine work, we are required to lock the screen of our workstations when we left them. This is to ensure the information security. The real case is that, people not always remember this. Many of the times, we thought that we will not leave too far away and will be back in minutes, but received an urgent call suddenly and just gone away.

As a workaround, people usually will set a time-out value on their machine. So that it will lock by itself if no action for a long time. The disturbing thing is that, often when we are presenting something to other and discuss with them on the topic, our machine just lock itself, and we have to move our mouse from time to time to avoid this.

The following case maybe more interesting.


2. During the routine work, there are lots of the times, when we are chatting with others online, discussing some urgent things, and waiting for some result... While at the sametime, someone else beside us ask for help to look at some other thing/issue. I left my desktop to help, but still need to run back from time to time, to check my chat box (or email), worrying about missing anything important. It is really not a pleasant experience.

In this solution we proposed a novel idea, try to solve the above issues. Actually, it is not just for these 2 issues. The idea could help to solve much similar things, and believe could make our life easier and more pleasant.

The core idea of the invention is to detect the distance between user and his computer, and change the status of computer/application properly if monitored a significant distance change (e.g. user away from the computer or user back to his computer).

Mobile devices (such as mobile phone, PAD, etc) is becoming more and more popular. Most of the mobile devices are deployed with Bluetooth, WIFI, etc.

There have invented multiple technologies to implement high accuracy indoor location based on these protocols (Bluetooth, WIFI, etc). It could

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help to accurately locate an arbitary mobile device within a specific area, and determine its distance with other devices.

We could determine the location of a user and his distance from a computer, as long as he carried some mobile devices, and the mobile device support some kinds of indoor location techonogies. Usually, it only requires the mobile device with a Bluetooth/WiFI/etc support - not a big matter for most of the modern devices.

The idea is to monitor the distance of user from his computer, and adjust the status of computer/application automatically when the distance change. Take the cases in above section as an example:


- Case 1: User forget to lock his computer when left his computer

With this invention, user could configure his computer to be automatically locked, when he away from his computer for...