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Mobile Phone proximity alert warning system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244931D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 53K

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Abstract

The article describes a system utilising sensors, GPS, interconnected devices and local area data to determine if the user of a mobile device is about to put themselves in danger of have an accident and providing an audio/visual warning to help prevent it.

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Mobile Phone proximity alert warning system

People often walk around staring at their mobile phones and taking no notice of their surroundings. This can lead to accidents with people hitting each other, obstacles or even falling into canals or rivers. Those who are partially sighted are also at risk of the same, for different reasons.

    The proposed system aims to make use of existing technology, eg proximity sensors and GPS systems that are present in mobile phones to watch the area surrounding the user and determining whether the user is in danger of straying into danger. If establishing that a user's route is heading towards an obstacle (such as a river), or they are heading directly towards another person and in danger of a collision, the phone would then warn the user. This warning can be visual, audible or both.

    The technology already exists for proximity sensors to work in mobile phones, as does GPS location tracking. These technologies would work in tandem to provide an application that implements the embodiment.

    The GPS system would identify the direction and speed of travel of the user (although this is likely to be slow considering the circumstances under which this application is likely to be used). This would indicate the location, speed and travel direction of the user.

The proximity sensor would identify surrounding obstacles. This would indicate the location of the surrounding obstacles and, over time, the direction of travel of these obstacles in relation to the user.

    Other devices in the area would also provide a pointer where there may be other people in the area, or obstacles such as large display screens.


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    The algorithms contained in the system would indicate:
1. Where the user is about to put themselves in danger fr...