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Method for Automatically Aligning External Stimuli to Enhance User Activity Based on User Behavior

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234940D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an integrated media center that monitors a user’s activity and automatically plays music recognized to enhance that activity. The core contribution is a method for assessing tasks based on the manner in which a user interacts with the system and attempts to complete the task, and then accordingly selecting the appropriate stimulus to assist the user in completing that task.

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Method for Automatically Aligning External Stimuli to Enhance User Activity Based on User Behavior

Music can have a significant positive or negative impact on the effectiveness, mood, or creativity of the listener. Typically, a user selects a piece of music that is believed to enhance activity. However, selecting the appropriate music for a particular activity can be time consuming and require in-depth musical knowledge. In addition, for certain activities, such as driving, the user might select music that encourages poorer execution rather than better (or safer).

This article describes an integrated media center that monitors a user's activity and automatically plays music recognized to enhance that activity.

The novel contribution is a method for assessing tasks based on the manner in which a user interacts with a system and attempts to complete the task. This method can be used as part of a feedback loop to determine the effect of audible stimulus on a group completing a particular task and accordingly selecting the appropriate stimulus.

Music stored in media players is typically annotated with metadata including the composer, artist, and genre. Where this information is not known, media players are already capable of downloading this metadata from online databases, so it can be assumed that this information is already available. Information can be extracted from the media player to provide initial data about the user's musical tastes, which can then be used to help select music to be played when the user is performing a specific task. This information includes the set of music the user has available in the media player's library, any playlists the user has created, information about recently-played music, and potentially how frequently the user has listened to that music or playlist.

Embodiment #1: Personal Computer


The method is implemented within the media player integrated with a user's personal computer (PC). Monitoring which application a user is using on a computer is a simple process as that application has a focus for mouse and keyboard events. The system categorizes many common applications to provide initial information that can be used in the selection of suitable music for the user.

The music player identifies the application the user is running, which indicates the activity the user is performing. If the user is in a word processing or presentation creation application, for example, then the...