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Dynamically composing an identification image to represent shared contacts and surrounding environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238507D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system to dynamically generate an image that is an aggregate of a representation of a user's environment and an associated subset of nearby individuals, and then use that image as user identification for mobile device communication.

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Dynamically composing an identification image to represent shared contacts and surrounding environment

Identification images are commonly used on mobile devices as a means of identifying the user's contact when communicating via phone call, text message, etc. For example, when user A calls user B, user A's device sends an image to user B's device,

which is displayed when the phone rings. User A may change the associated image; the next time user B is called, the new image displays.

A system or method is needed to ensure the transmitted image is the most

representative of the originating user and the associated surrounding environment.

The novel contribution is a method and system to dynamically generate an image that is an aggregate of a representation of a user's environment and an associated subset of nearby individuals. The resulting image is displayed on a destination mobile device or computing system along with the intended message. The new identification image provides the recipient with more accurate context of the originating communication.

The method provides the communication recipient with additional context about the originator of the communication. In the event that the originator of the communication is in proximity with other shared contacts of the two users, the method and system construct a special image to indicate this context. Similarly, if there is an image available of the common location of the originator and the shared contact(s), then an image of the venue is incorporated into the special image. The special image is transmitted to the recipient at communication time, and is displayed on a device such as a smart phone.

To construct and send a special image to provide further context for mobile communication, the system:


1. Determines metadata about the current venue

A. Identifies location of the communication originator

B. Determines whether the location a known venue with publically available image (e.g., a stadium, museum, monument, etc.)

C. Determines whether the originator has taken a photo at this location on a local device


2. Determines metadata about nearby contacts

A. Locates nearby contacts
i. May leverage existing check-in based services
ii.May leverage ad-hoc network identification protocols

B. Acquires image(s) of the nearby contacts
i. Local to device (e.g., took a picture of this person already)
ii.Retrieved from existing social media service

C. Determines mutual contacts with each contact (existing art in social media graphs)

D. Initiates communication with a recipient contact (voice call, text, social media posting, etc.)


E. Determines the set of common contacts with recipient from previous steps

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