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A Method and System for Adding a Time Progression to Mapping Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243922D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 290K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for adding a time progression to mapping applications. The method and system allows a user to interact on mapping objects and data associated with the objects, which may include, but not limited to, geography of the objects and the like.

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A Method and System for Adding a Time Progression to Mapping Applications

Disclosed is a method and system for adding a time progression to mapping applications. The method and system allows a user to interact on mapping objects and data associated with the objects, which may include, but not limited to, geography of the objects and the like.

The method and system allows the user to select /indicate a time parameter into the mapping application by entering a preliminary start/end time frame in a range field provided to the user or by dragging a User Interface (UI) element to specify a time frame in which the user is interested or by providing an allowable time frame range supported by the map or by using a dial or knob to select a time frame . Subsequently, the mapping application determines zoom level of the map in order to determine the granularity of objects affected on the map . Here, the zoom level of map may include, but not limited to, map view of streets, businesses, locations and the like. Then, the mapping application can change the zoom level of the map and affect the level of granularity of content. Further, the mapping application renders objects on the map

within the boundaries of the parameters provided by the user .

The method and system also allows the user to adjust the time frame to change the rendered objects on the map. Here, the time adjustment for changing rendered objects can be done by selecting a specific object on the map and viewing the progress of the object through the adjusted time frame. Similarly, the user can select full map and view the progression of an area through the adjusted time frame . Further, the user can also select an event and view objects on the map or changes to the objects on the map by changing the location and the time frame of the event .

Thereafter, the user may also be provided with various UI mechanisms to interact with objects on the map by adjusting the time frame . The first UI mechanism may provide multiple slide bars to adjust different granularities in forward and backward time frames such as year, months, and days. The second UI mechanism may allow the user to hit a "play" button to view the progress of an object or an area on the map through the adjusted time frame. The third UI mechanism is used to select or draw an area in the map and have an enclosed area adjusted to one time frame , where the outer area is related to current time frame or d...