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Working Parent Productivity Assistant with Extension of Child's Attention Span Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236491D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

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Disclosed is a system for monitoring a child’s play time and warning a parent when a playtime activity is about to end or if the child has lost focus on the activity. The system then offers elongation of the child's attention span by automatically initiating a new activity.

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Working Parent Productivity Assistant with Extension of Child's Attention Span

While working from a home office, parents need to balance work activities, such as participating in conference calls or meeting deadlines, with the need to entertain and

monitor small children.

Young children often have limited attention spans and may disengage from an activity such as TV viewing, game playing, watching videos, etc. at an inopportune time, such as 10 minutes before the end of a conference call. When this occurs, the children often seek immediate attention from a parent, who may be attending a

critical conference call or completing a task with a near term deadline.

The novel solution performs two main tasks: first, it monitors a child's playtime activity; second, it provides a warning to the parent when that activity is about to come to an end or the child's attention is no longer focused on a particular activity.

The system allows a parent to monitor whether a child (possibly in another room) have completed or lost interest in an activity, as well as when an activity currently in progress can be expected to end (e.g., movie is over, TV program is over, etc.). The system is configured to give the parent a warning at n minutes prior to the end of an activity. Optionally, the system can take some action to prolong the activity or attention span of the child. In addition, the system can detect whether a child engaged in an activity with no set time limits (e.g., playing a game, working puzzles, reading a book, etc.) has lost interest and needs attention. In this case, the system can initiate a new automated activity (e.g., video, video game, scavenger hunt, sing along music, etc.).

The system comprises:

• Parent parameter input device (e.g., keyboard, phone, etc.)
• Video camera

• Parent messaging device (e.g., phone, computer, etc.)
• Video recognition software component

• Local network • Internet connection • Metadata analysis engine for analyzing device metadata
• Optional connections to devices being monitored (e.g., computer, tablet, phone, electronic reader, gaming machine, electric train set, toy robot, etc.)

• Small reporting application installed on each monitored device
• Small historical database to capture a child's reaction to activities and which have been successful, which were used most recently, and which should not be repeated

A parent connects all monitored devices to a local network. Using the parameter input device, the parent enters prefe...