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Method to provide environment/location aware preferences and context aware menu options/dashboard items for smart homes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241742D
Publication Date: 2015-May-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

We describe a method that enables smart buildings to provide specialized interfaces on a user's mobile device based on the user's in-door location (in the absence of GPS reception), preferences and usage history. The building infrastructure can also leverage this information to provide autonomic functions that require no user input. Music, heating, cooling and lighting preferences following a user throughout the building are one type of example applications for this technology.

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Method to provide environment / /dashboard items for smart homes

dashboard items for smart homes

A smart home is often controlled from a mobile device. Traditional mobile applications

require the user to navigate to a specific functional category (e.g. lighting or heating) or location (such as a specific room e.g. living room vs. bathroom vs. basement) before the functions (e.g. dim living room light, increase bathroom temperature) become available.

This article describes a combination of methods that enable a smart home system to
a) have user preferences/profiles be automatically applied to a location/room/appliance

when the respective use enters the room/approaches the appliance
b) provide context specific menus and options in the smart home control application (e.g. on a smart phone) depending on the specific location of the user, the time of day and other environmental properties.

A combination of mechanisms are used to determine in which room the user currently resides. This information is being combined with personal preferences, a usage history and the information about which state appliances in the direct vicinity of the user currently are in. (e.g. only if the dish washer is running the front screen of the smart home application may present the remaining run time of the dish washer).

The key inventive idea is to be able to leverage location information within a building. This is not possible with standard satellite type navigation mechanisms and sensors built in to smart phone. However the iBeacon technology, traditionally used to present location specific advertisement and info on a user's smart phone while shopping can be used to enable location detection within a building.

The method leverages a combination of technologies including but not limited to iBeacons detections, WLAN signal strength and e.g. Bluetooth signals of devices in a building to detect an approximate location of the user. This location information is then used by the smart home control application, running on every user's smart phone, to set room preferences.

The below examples of lighting and music preferences that follow a user as he moves through a smart home are typical examples of the application of this method: Examples include but are not limited to
- switching of lighting scenes based on user presence
- music preference follows user as he moves through the house, music is disabled in unused rooms
- heating and cooling preferences of user are set automatically
- system goes into energy preservation or "basic" mode when no registered user is in the room/house
- appliance status is presented on the smart phone display main screen as user passes by appliances that are currently operating (e.g. dish washer, washing machine, dryer)
- shades and shutters automatic operation is disabled while user is in the back

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