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Wearable device for navigation assistance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233994D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jan-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jan-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

Related People

Beaumont, Suzanne: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

When engaged in some activities, it is difficult or impossible to consult an electronic or paper map to determine if one is on-course. This invention provides simple haptic and visual guides delivered through a wearable device to help the user maintain course.

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Wearable device for navigation assistance

When engaged in some activities, it is difficult or impossible to consult an electronic or paper map to determine if one is on-course.

This invention would provide simple haptic and visual guides delivered through a wearable device to help the user maintain course. Haptic feedback could include a gentle squeezing or a vibration to indicate a course correction. Likewise, a visual indication could be simply lighting one of a set of two bands, one worn on each wrist.

This invention would require pairing of the wearable with some other device, like laptop or phone or tablet or cloud service. This other device/service would be the master keeper of the route. The wearable device, once paired, would beacon location information through which the master device/service would track progress. The beaconed information would allow the master device/service to send anticipatory or course corrective instructions. These instructions would be simple commands to activate the chosen method of communication - squeeze, vibrate, glow, light, blink, pulse. Anticipatory instructions could include a rhythmic component such that as the course decision point approaches, the frequency of the squeeze, vibration, blink or pulse could be modified; likewise, the visual cues could change intensity or color.

The simplicity of the user interface contrasts with current solutions. Some of these solutions provide voice aids that announce navigational directio...