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Automatic F2F Interaction Logging With Wearable Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236104D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that allows wearable devices to acquire and record interactions between two parties after the recognition of a greeting gesture, such as a handshake.

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Automatic F2F Interaction Logging With Wearable Device

Current solutions and applications enable two people to electronically exchange contact information such as methods to send contact info through email, internet, or instant messaging, or methods to physically bump two smart phones to transfer contact information. However, these methods simply exchange static information such as the name, address, telephone number of a person. Once it is initially exchanged, no further contact information between the two persons is tracked or monitored, except for the occasional phone number update. In addition, these technologies require users to awkwardly pull out devices rather than perform in a natural way such as a simple handshake. The extra step necessary to pull out devices is typically not taken, resulting in lost information.

A method is needed to leverage pervasive technologies, enhance the current model for person-to-person interaction and collaboration, and initiate the acquisition, monitoring, and updating of an interaction between two persons, beyond static data collection.

Disclosed is a method that allows wearable devices to acquire and record interactions between two parties after the recognition of a greeting gesture, such as a handshake. The worn pervasive device (e.g., smart watch) can work in tandem with a person's smart phone to monitor and update the physical interaction between the two parties. Once the two parties part ways, an associated system stores and/or updates that contact's information. The associated system can then recall and further append the information upon the next greeting and interaction.

To implement the method for automatic face-to-face (F2F) interaction logging with a

wearable device:

1. Two parties initiate the greeting gesture (e.g., handshake)

2. System detects the greeting gesture 3. System leverages the connected device(s) (e.g., smart watch) to acquire the contact information 4. System automatically adds a note to the contact information to log the interaction 5. User has the option to associate the interaction with a social network update (e.g., mark as liked, add to favorites, add to a calendar, share, etc.)

The greeting gesture can be programmed to initiate an action to look for another contact or an interaction to log. In one embodiment, the smart watch can be near field communication (NFC) enabled. The NFC detection range is about 20cm. When people shake hands, each user's NFC enabled smart watch detects (e.g., via media access control (MAC) address) the other's existence, as the distance between the two is small. For scenarios such as conferences or group meetings, a user may shake hands with multiple people. The system then creates a log to record different handshakes when t...