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Method and System for Enabling Communication between a User Device and Signs/Posters/Devices over Short-Range Wireless Communications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239250D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for enabling communication between a user device and signs/posters/ devices over short-range wireless communications to appropriately respond to situational actions.

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Method and System for Enabling Communication between a User Device and Signs/Posters/Devices over Short-Range Wireless Communications

In certain public venues such as a theater, library, or commuter transportation, use of a user device may be restricted. A user can change user device settings

manually on the spot. However, it usually involves multiple steps to take an action to configure appropriate settings on the user device. A user may also forget to take an

action corresponding to a situation such as not changing the user device to a quiet mode in a library or a conference room. Further, it is difficult for people with disabilities to assess situations and decide what appropriate action is to be taken.

Disclosed is a method and system for enabling communication between a user device and signs/posters/ devices over short-range wireless communications to appropriately respond to situational actions. The signs/posters may include quiet "manner mode" signs, disability mode signs, wheelchair mode signs, exit signs, "out of order", "under construction", "closed", and/or "back by X o'clock".

The user device communicates with one or more signs/posters/devices based on preferences set by the user as illustrated in fig. 1.

Figure 1

As shown in the fig.1, the user opts for one or more type of signs that the user device may communicate with. Accordingly, as the user configures preferences on the user device, an example list may be displayed as shown in fig. 2.

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Figure 2

As illustrated in fig. 2, once the preferences are configured in the user device, the user device utilizes a predefined behavior (application) to respond to a situation based on the preferences.

In accordance with the method and system, a small device/smart sticker is placed on signs/posters/devices that interpret preferences set by a user on a user device to enable short-range wireless communication between the user device and the signs/posters/devices. The small device emits short range signals that are enabled only when the preferences set by the user in the user device match to a situational sign/posters/device. Once the preferences set by the user in the user device match to the situational sign/posters/device, the method and system invokes a corresponding resp...