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Smart Calendar in a Smarter (IoT) Environment Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245233D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 35K

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Calendar helps in keeping track of the activity schedules for a user. It is possible to synchronize calendar activities across multiple (smart) devices and on Web (example: Google Calendar). Can we add additional functionalities to the calendar in an IoT (smarter) environment and profit from it? Hence, this idea. Calendar can interrogate the online sources (Internet and Internet-of-things (IOT) devices) to get the additional related information on calendar activities. The calendar can also estimate the events which can interfere the calendar activity with the probability of the error estimate. The impact such events on the calendar activity could be change in location or change in time.

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Smart Calendar in a Smarter (IoT) Environment

A calendar helps in keeping track of activity schedules for a user. It can be implemented on a single device and also shared across multiple devices that a person may have. Our idea is that a calendar need not be static and can incorporate data from external systems and data sources to continuously help the user as he completes his daily activities. We call such a dynamic calendar, a smart calendar.

Data sources for a person's calendar includes Smart devices and Internet
Given a user's activity in a calendar, find locations involved from different data sources

If location is given, refine (fill fine-grained detail) with devices' information that are installed there (lat-long; geo-code)

If location was missing, predict based on past activities descriptions and their completion results
Of course, an activity may not be specific to a location

Example activity description: "NEFT some amount to a friend"

Additionally, periodically, monitor an ongoing activity based on status information from devices
Pro-actively assess impact on ongoing and future activities, and take action / alert appropriately

Functionalities proposed for smart calendar

Here-are some functionalities and use-cases of the smart calendar.

Adding information on User Location to the calendar activities:

Calendar activities could track the user location information and activity location
o Using GPS information of the user's mobile devices, it is easy to identify the user location; add the current user location to the calendar.

Calendar activity driven feed into smart calendar from the smart devices and Internet:

Mining additional information related to each calendar activity from different data sources
Example : Consider that a user located in "Mumbai" is scheduled to attend a meeting in "Bangalore" in the upcoming week.

o Associate the predicted temperature in Bangalore for the activity duration (user could get ready appropriately as per the prediction)
o Suggest some good cabs the user can use during his stay in Bangalore

o Suggest some good restaurants and relevant travel modes

Include the source of the information being added also if needed

Smart devices and Internet event driven feed into smart calendar activity:


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Certain other events that take place in the same location and time may impact the calendar activity
Needs to track events from Smart devices and Internet; and access their impact on the calendar activity
Example : Assume that the user has an activity/meeting in a location "A".

If there is a strike in that lo...