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Multiple device input coordination based on application, user and grouping context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238290D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-14
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Described is an invention that determines the correct device and application for input consumption and output generation from a group of devices by using the 1) context of group formation, 2) context of the user, and 3) context of the device and 4) context of the applications on the device. This invention coordinates multiple devices that may or may not be in a single location to direct input and output (audio, visual, touch) to and from the correct application (or applications) on the correct device (or devices).

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This invention determines the correct device and application for input consumption and output generation from a group of devices by using the 1) context of group formation, 2) context of the user, and 3) context of the device and 4) context of the applications on the device. This invention coordinates multiple devices that may or may not be in a single location to direct input and output (audio, visual, touch) to and from the correct application (or applications) on the correct device (or devices). By utilizing this contextual information, a logical selection for consumption can be determined allowing multiple devices to act as a single cohesive unit. To implement this invention, the following pieces would be required:

A means for participating devices to communicate with one another.

A means for groups of devices to be created, maintained, and removed based on the contexts of the user, device, and applications.

A means for a device to receive user input and using the contextual information of the groups, users, devices, and applications determine the correct device(s) and application(s) for input consumption.

A means for transferring the input and/or appropriate command to the correct device based on the contextual information.

A means to communicate back to the user describing input consumption.

A means for a device within the group to provide output using the available contextual information to determine the correct device(s) and application(s) for output generation.

A means for the system to learn by observing interactions with the devices and updating preferences and rules to enhance the system.

    This invention enhances current technologies by not only utilizing the context of the device, but the context of the group and how it was formed, the context of the applications on the device, and the context of the users of the devices.

    Smart devices, ones that can communicate with one another and consume some sort of input, are now all around us. This will become more commonplace as smart technology invades common everyday objects, appliances, and environments. These devices will understand different types of input, possibly visual, audio, touch, or something else. When these devices are in a common location, there is the potential for two devices to understand the same input and process the input when it was only intended for a single device. A simple example might be three individuals in a vehicle with their smart phones and tablets. One user may issue a command to raise the volume, and all devices consume the input when only the user with the headphones wanted the volume raised. One can imagine many more scenarios where input intended for one application is consumed by multiple devices.

    What is needed is a system and method to coordinate device input among multiple devices to direct commands to the correct device(s) an...