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Automatic Data Release and Sharing Mechanism for Smart Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236493D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 107K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a smart detection and automatic data relocation system between proximal smart devices. The system detects a smart device storage problem, detects nearby devices with data availability, and automatically moves the data to another smart device when the user is in a remote location without network connectivity.

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Automatic Data Release and Sharing Mechanism for Smart Devices

Many times when performing operations that add data to smart devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets, etc.), the operation is truncated because of the unavailability of additional free space in the device. At the same time, the user might have another smart device on hand that can share some of its data storage space. Current art includes wireless portable hard drives. However, the user is forced to manually free-up space on the full device before being able to continue with the operation.

For example, while User A is recording a soccer game from a smart phone that only

has 16GB of disk storage, the device emits an alert indicating that it is full; User B cannot continue to record until disk space is freed-up. This manual process requires User B to delete files or move files to another storage device (e.g., iCloud, Universal Serial Bus (USB) drive, laptop, etc.). By the time that User B frees-up the space, the moment is gone and the video User B wanted to capture is missed.

Current systems teach archiving data from one computer to another as well as ways for smart device users to remove data from the device by archiving to the Cloud. These methods require a network connection to the Cloud or the manual detection and manual operation to move the data to another storage medium.

Not discovered in the prior art is the ability to detect a smart device storage problem, detect nearby devices with data availability, and automatically move the data to another smart device when the user is in a remote location without network connectivity. Even when the user does have network connectivity, the user may not

wish to pay data usage charges when the data could be moved to another smart

device without going thru the data plan.

The novel contribution is a smart detection and automatic data relocation system between proximal smart devices. This is a system, method, and computer program that executes in a smart device and detects when said device crosses a free storage availability threshold. Upon this detection, the device sends a broadcast message (e.g., over Bluetooth*) to all smart devices nearby with a request for data transfer of a given size. The other smart devices running programs respond to said request

with a confirmation message if the responding device is capabl...