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Method For Determining Tile Configuration Based On Available Tile Sizes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235861D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

Disclosed a consumer application for either personal computer or mobile device use that allows the user to select a floor tile that meets aesthetic and practical needs, determines the available sizes for that tile, and then calculates and displays potential tile configurations that can be accomplished with said selected tile and available sizes. The consumer can then review the potential tile configurations and select one.

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Method For Determining Tile Configuration Based On Available Tile Sizes

Consumers selecting floor tile may want to have a configuration or pattern of tiles that uses differing sizes of tiles for aesthetic or practical reasons. Most consumers approach the selection of tile beginning with the tile characteristics (e.g., color, texture, edge type, hardness) as opposed to a planned configuration of tiles. Each configuration, though, requires specific sizes of tiles. As an example, a common tile configuration requires tile sizes of 18X18, 12X18, 12X12, and 6X6. The problem is that after the consumer chooses a tile based on the tile characteristics, the selected tile is not always available in the sizes required to create a desired tile configuration. Thus, the consumer must either choose a different tile that has the needed sizes or must choose a different tile configuration that can be accomplished with the selected tile. In either case, it may be difficult to find a suitable combination of tile characteristics and tile configuration. Additionally, many potentially acceptable tile configurations can be accomplished with the selected tile, but it is very difficult to determine what configurations can be accomplished with the available sizes. A further problem to be

solved is to then calculate the number of tiles of each size that are needed to complete

the installation for a particular size and shape of room.

The novel contribution is a consumer application for either personal computer or mobile device use that allows the user to select a floor tile that meets aesthetic and practical needs, determines the available sizes for that tile, and then calculates and displays potential tile configurations that can be accomplished with said selected tile and available sizes. The consumer can then review the potential tile configurations and select one. The display of the tile configurations either can be a simple geometric black and white display or can use the characteristics (e.g., color) of the selected tile for a more realistic display of the final design. Once a configuration is selected, the consumer inputs the room dimensions and the application calculates the required number of tiles needed of each size for the specific chosen configuration.

To implement this application for tile selection and room configuration in a preferred embodiment:

1. Consumer selects a tile based on aesthetic characteristics, such as color, texture, hardness, edge type, etc.

2. The tile is identified to the application by bar code scan or manual input of the required identifying information

3. The retail store inputs the information on available sizes of tiles in the selected tile. This information can include both "in stock" sizes and "special order" sizes. In a fully integrated application, the user scans a bar code or other identi...