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Watson historical tours

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245570D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides a user with itinerary recommendations based on historical information and queries from the user. The system will act as a “virtual historical tour manager,” suggesting tour destinations based on expressed user interests, and providing the user with relevant historical facts during their visits to those destinations.

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Watson historical tours

Disclosed is a device that provides a user with itinerary recommendations based on historical information and queries from the user. The system acts as a "virtual historical tour manager," suggesting tour destinations based on expressed user interests, and providing the user with relevant historical facts during their visits to those destinations.

    According to statista.com "the travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, making a total contribution of 1.42 trillion U.S. dollars to GDP in 2013" [1]. In 2008, there were 29 million foreign visitors for pleasure admitted to the United States [2]. One type of tourist attraction is the historic tour. An example offering is a trolley tour of Boston offered by Historictours.com for a price of $36.38 per person [3].

    The disclosed device is useful in a situation where a person on vacation does not wish to be part of an organized tour and prefers to see sites on their own terms. Furthermore, it is useful to spotlight destinations custom tailored to one's interests which may not be available from conventional historical tour services.

    When on vacation, one may want to learn more about the history of the place they're visiting. Additionally, they may have several personal interests in certain topics or historical figures. Currently, one might purchase a spot with a tour agency to learn history from a tour guide. However, in these situations, one is at the mercy of the tour guide's knowledge base and could miss out on opportunities more finely tailored to their interests. A device with knowledge of their interests that could also draw from a detailed and comprehensive knowledge source would be a great asset. Imagine a situation where someone goes on a vacation and wants to go on a tour, but all of the available tours aren't that interesting to them and several are too expensive. They would also like more to roam around on their own, visiting places when or not depending on their mood. Unfortunately, they have to do a bunch of research of what attractions exist in the place they are visiting and cobble together an itinerary. Described here is a system for providing a personally tailored tour experience:
1. Identify a user's interests
2. Locating the user by GPS, or requesting a destination name
3. Identify destinations of interest
4. Generate summaries of information about discovered destinations
5. Suggest routes with associated interest scores
6. Present findings through GPS-triggered push notifications pending user configuration
7. Provide question answering service to aid in navigating results

    Step 3 above is novel in the context of identifying interesting destination suggestions for a tourist. Step 4 is novel, as prior art only surfaces full documents to the user without preprocessing them for ease of consumption. Step 5 is novel in that it augments existing map services with interest scores based on a user query, providing an extra d...