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Near Field Communication Enabled Contents Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243947D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for storing a separate table of contents on a storage device for discovery and browsing via Near Field Communication (NFC) or similar near field method such as RFID. Various levels of details may exist in this table from simply providing an identifying name which describes the content on the device, such as "Bob's Audio Books" or "Kristen's Documents", to a more in-depth listing of the files contained on the device, specific work projects, ownership of files contained therein, or realistically any method designed such that the data could be dynamically realized and created in the table of contents.

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Near Field Communication Enabled Contents Display

Portable media such as USB thumb drives and external hard drives are commonly used as storage devices for a variety of files including documents, digital photos, video, and audio media as well as others not specifically noted here. One downfall of these portable media devices is that there is not a simple way to determine the data on the device aside from mounting the device, navigating the directory tree, and then possibly unmounting the device in order to mount another to find what the owner is searching for. The form factor contributes to this issue, especially with USB thumb drives as the form factor of the device is so small as not to allow any meaningful labelling. An array of external hard drives may pose the same limitation in that while the user may readily find the file they are searching for, they may need to know what external drive unit actually contains the file. What is needed is a simple way to identify the contents of a storage device without the additional steps of mounting, searching, and unmounting storage devices.

    Disclosed is a method for storing a separate table of contents on a storage device for discovery and browsing via Near Field Communication (NFC) or similar near field method such as RFID. Various levels of details may exist in this table from simply providing an identifying name which describes the content on the device, such as "Bob's Audio Books" or "Kristen's Documents", to a more in-depth listing of the files contained on the device, specific work projects, ownership of files contained therein, or realistically any method designed such that the data could be dynamically realized and created in the table of contents. A table of contents and/or description of the device could be manually created as well. The storage device includes the means to separately store this data from the actual main storage and may communicate using

NFC. A user may then use an NFC-capable device and application (a cellphone, for example) to readily retrieve the table of contents from the device. In this manner, the contents, ownership, basic description of content contained thereon, or other data may easily be communicated, browsed, and searched by a person using their cellphone or similar NFC-capable device. This provides a simple means for a person to identify the contents of a USB thumb drive (or similar media and/or device) without needing to even plug the device into a computer or other auxiliary USB port or similar media reader or connection port. The table of contents may be created automatically at any point when the device is attached and used. For example, saving a playli...