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Method and System of Detecting Aircraft Turbulence using a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235978D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for detecting aircraft turbulence using a mobile device of a user travelling in the aircraft. The method and system includes detecting one or more transient motion events using one or more, a gyroscope and an accelerometer of the mobile device. If the one or more transient motion events exceed a threshold, then turbulence in the aircraft is detected.

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Method and System of Detecting Aircraft Turbulence using a Mobile Device

Disclosed is a method and system for detecting aircraft turbulence using a mobile device of a user travelling in the aircraft. The method and system includes detecting one or more transient motion events using one or more of a gyroscope and an accelerometer of the mobile device. If the one or more transient motion events exceed a threshold, then turbulence in the aircraft is detected.

In accordance with the method and system, one or more in-built sensors of a mobile device are used to detect a geo-spatial location of a user travelling in an aircraft. The geo-spatial location may be based on one or more of , but not limited to, Global Positioning System (GPS) location, changes in cellular tower list, WiFi* access points on board private and commercial aircraft and personal calendar data .

Additionally, the mobile device includes sensors such as one or more of , but not limited to, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Such sensors assist in determining changes in orientation and acceleration. The changes in orientation and acceleration are used to determine one or more transient motion events on the mobile device . Certain discrete low G-force events may result from forces upon the mobile device caused by sudden upward or downward movement of the aircraft due to atmospheric turbulence . Such sensor events may be tuned or trained to tolerances for specific mobile devices . If the one or more transient motion events exceed...