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Method for determining if a user is deep in thought and automatically updating the user's presence indicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236911D
Publication Date: 2014-May-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

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The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

Disclosed is a method that determines when a user is deep in thought and automatically updates the associated presence indicator on the user’s application or computer system.

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Method for determining if a user is deep in thought and automatically updating the user's presence indicator

During a workday, many people need significant lengths of consistent, uninterrupted time to concentrate and complete given tasks. Any interruption during a period of

intense concentration acts as a setback to progress.

The prior art fails to consider that if a user is only doing a single task or a small subset of tasks, then that user may be deep in thought and, therefore, more disrupted by an interruption than if the same user is already multitasking.

A mechanism is needed to provide users with uninterrupted work periods.

The solution a method that determines when a user is deep in thought and automatically updates the associated presence indicator on the user's application or computer system.

In the preferred embodiment, a user configures a presence indicator in an application (e.g., instant messenger (IM) status) to signal to other users that there cannot be any interruptions. For each application or set of applications, the user sets a minimum length of time after which the presence indicator automatically updates to show that the user cannot be interrupted (i.e., is deep in thought, is unavailable). When the user begins using a new application, which is not listed in a

configuration, and exceeds the multi-tasking time allowance, the presence indicator automatically returns to available or the previous state, depending on what the user has configured.

To implement the method in a preferred embodiment:


1. User configures the presence indicator for a single or set of applications for:

A. Time minimum for when the presence indicator should automatically update to indicate the user is deep in thought

B. Multi-tasking time allowance

C. Optionally, default setting for the time configuration for the presence indicator
D. Optionally, whether the presence indicator automatically changes the

      status to available or to the previous presence state when none of the configuration requirements are met 2. When the user meets the requirements for one of the configurations, the presence indicator automatically updates to deep in thought (i.e. do not interrupt)


3. When the user no longer meets the requirements for the configuration that

was met in the above step, the presence indicator automatically changes the status to available or the user's previous presence state, based on the user's preferences

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EXAMPLE


User A configures t...