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Pocket Device Bend Prevention System and Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243582D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 52K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method that recognize that a device/phone is in a user's pocket, detect the user’s sitting motion, and, prior to the user completing the sitting motion notify/remind/alert the user that the phone is there.

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Pocket Device Bend Prevention System and Method

As mobile device designs become lighter and thinner, the potential for bending and damage because of someone sitting on the device (e.g., user forgets it is in a pocket) becomes greater. A method or system is needed to prevent users from inadvertently

sitting on mobile devices and causing damage.

The proposed solution is a system and method that recognize that a phone is in a user's pocket, detects the user's sitting motion, and, prior to the user completing the sitting motion notifies/reminds/alerts the user that the phone is there.

To implement this system in a preferred embodiment, the system first detects that the device is in a user's pocket based on sensing data points, or pressure points, on the screen (i.e. pressure against large portion of the touch screen). As devices continue to

expand more touch sensitivity to other areas of the device (back/sides, etc.), as well as ability to detect textures, the accuracy of this detection system is expected to increase. When the system detects large pressure points, it then activates the camera for short moment to detect any light.

If the system detects pressure and low to no lighting, then it monitors the movement of the user (using the accelerometer) and determine if the motion of the device starts to progress through the normal flow of motion that is typically found when moving to a sitting position. If the system detects a sitting motion, it next monitors for a gr...