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Pictoral representation to control device settings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000227435D
Publication Date: 2013-May-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system or mechanism to affect the settings of a portable device through the scanning and interpretation of a coded photograph, graphical icon, or image. The mechanism defines a library of standard settings that can be included in the pictorial representation. Additionally, users can define combinations of settings and associate them to new images.

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Pictoral representation to control device settings

As the number and flexibility of portable digital devices continues to increase, users

have become more and more dependent upon portable digital devices.. However, in some cases, certain use of these devices may be inappropriate, unsafe, or forbidden by law.

A mechanism is needed to allow users to scan an image that would apply one or more

settings to the device without any other user interaction. It is also conceived that new user specified action/image combinations could be created by the user.

The existing implementation of Quick Response (QR) codes allows users to go to specific web locations, track items, view additional data, but no existing uses allow a user to change the settings on the device reading the code. This is the unique idea embodied in this disclosure.

The disclosure is a system or mechanism to affect the settings of a portable device through the scanning and interpretation of a coded photograph, graphical icon, or image. The mechanism defines a library of standard settings that can be included in the pictorial representation. Additionally, users can define combinations of settings and associate them to new images.

In the use of a mobile device, there are many occurrences where some settings of the device need to be changed. In some cases, common settings apply to a range of people, such as silencing a mobile phone in a movie theater or turning off a tablet device before an airplane takes off.

This disclosure is a system that provides standard codes that can be used independently or in conjunction with other information or codes that affect the settings of the device that read the code. The image with the appropriate code is then placed in a convenient location for use. Example implementations include:


• An image to silence the device located at the entrance of the movie theater or on

the armrest of the movie theater's chair


• An image coded to power off the device included on the safety briefing card in an

airline seatback pocket


First, the owners or operators of the location (e.g., a movie theater) determine what settings are appropriate for the location. This person could use online or standalone software offering compliant with the standards of the mechanism to create an image

with the appropriate embedded settings. Alternatively, the person could define this new custom icon through the application itself. In this example, th...