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Method to Leverage Near Field Communication for Timer Transfer Between Multiple Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233909D
Publication Date: 2013-Dec-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 16K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that allows a user to receive, on a mobile device, an alarm sent by an expired timer. The system transfers the timer state from one device to another device via Near Field Communication (NFC). This allows a timer to travel with a user, so that the alarm is heard even if the user is not in close proximity to the device for which the timer is set.

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Method to Leverage Near Field Communication for Timer Transfer Between Multiple Devices

Around the home and in daily life users encounter many devices that have a timer (e.g., microwave, oven, charging devices, parking meters, etc.) The problem is that if a user is not in direct proximity to a device with a set timer, then it might be difficult to identify

which device's alarm is sounding.

A convenient solution is for the timer to travel with the user, instead of remaining physically tied to the device on which the timer is activated. This allows the user to keep better track of the event that will expire while the user is on the move.

Such a solution does not exist.

The novel contribution is a system that transfers the timer state from one device to another device via Near Field Communication (NFC). The system can track multiple remote timers on a single mobile device. When a timer expires, then the alarm sounds on the remote alarm on a mobile device. This allows the user to move freely while still having convenient access to one or more timers

The purpose of the invention is to enable the state of a timer on a first device to be replicated onto a second mobile device. After the state has been transferred, the mobile device has the ability to display the current clock interval associated with the first device as well as to sound an alarm when the clock interval has expired. This capability is enabled by NFC technology to allow communication between two devices in close proximity.

To implement the system in a preferred embodiment:

1. A timer is initiated on a device (e.g., washer/dryer, oven, parking meter, charging station or any oth...