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A method for the community based preconfiguration of devices or software applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243534D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-29
Document File: 8 page(s) / 230K

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Abstract

Formerly standard home devices have become internet-connected, smart, and incredibly versatile. Not too long ago, a TV used to be a fairly simple and easy-to-use commodity device. Now these have been superseeded with smart TVs that come with a multitude of abilities and configuration options. While such devices are able to provide more end-user value, their versatility comes at the price of needing configuration and choosing a user-defined set of preferences for a multitude of software applications on the device. We propose to relief the user from the burden of choosing a configuration by maintaining a community usage model that is kept in the cloud. Therefore the exact preferences of every user are considered and a community usage model is created. This model can evolve over time just as the preferences of users can change. It can be used to preconfigure and update the device or software application so that the user can efficiently work with it out-of-the-box and to minimize the need for manual customization.

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A method for the community based preconfiguration of devices or software applications

1 Background
1.1 Field of invention

Automatic device / software configuration, social media, mobile, usability, analytics, consumer electronics


1.2 Problem

Devices like e. g. smartphones, smart TVs or car infotainment systems come with a default configuration that is deployed by the provider of the product. Same applies to software applications in general where e. g. navigation widgets hold a preconfigured content that can in many cases be customized by the user later on.

  In many cases the preconfiguration does not match the expectations of the user. It might take him a long time to customize the device or software in a way that he can efficiently navigate and work. For example some of the provided functionality could never be used by a specific type of user and should be hidden to simplify usage. Furthermore it is also very useful to arrange different items in the right order that the customer considers to be best for his purpose.

  At the moment there exist multiple techniques that can be used to customize a device or software applications. Basically it always comes down to controlling the layout, look and feel, behavior, order and visibility of a set of items that can e. g. be displayed in a navigation menu, list, or toolbar. There are many ways to achieve this like e. g. tagging certain items to be able to filter based on a certain category. Please see Section 1.2 for a list of current techniques.

  As many of these techniques are very useful some of them still require a lot of manual adjustments by the user to get to a point where the device or software can be used efficiently and is set up to the users needs. Besides that most of the techniques do not consider the behavior of a community that might also consist of similar kind of users and how their way of using the device or software application changes over time. The biggest concern is for sure that there is a lack of preconfiguration that would match the users expectation.

  The goal of this document is to close this gap by providing and intelligent way of preconfiguring devices and software applications. The exact preferences of every user are considered and a community usage model is created. This model can evolve over time just as the preferences of users can change. It can be used to preconfigure and update the device or software application so that the user can efficiently work with it and to minimize the need for manual customization.

  In order to describe the problem and solution the preconfiguration / customization of smart TVs is addressed in this invention disclosure. However the concept can basically be applied to any kind of device or software application where an intelligent preconfiguration is beneficial for the user.

  Smart TVs today are released with a rather limited set of preconfiguration. For all of them a station search has to be triggered by the user which results in a list...