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Alerting When a Primary Wearable Device Is Not Reporting Using a Secondary Sensor Technique

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249281D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 152K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method to prevent loss of health data tracking by linking primary and secondary health and activity tracking devices that have similar sensors. When the secondary device tracks a new reading from the sensor but the primary device does not, the system can notify the user of the potential offline status of the primary device.

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Alerting When a Primary Wearable Device Is Not Reporting Using a Secondary Sensor Technique

When users have multiple wearable devices that are loaded with numerous sensors, overlap can occur between the types of activities and physical states that these sensors track. Despite this overlap, users tend to rely on a primary device for specific types of sensors. For example, a user might still wear a fitness tracker despite also owning a smart watch. The sensors within these devices do not communicate with each other.

A method or system is needed such that when a primary device is not present, a secondary device can alert the user.

Disclosed is a system and method to prevent loss of health data tracking by linking primary and secondary health and activity tracking devices that have similar sensors. When the secondary device tracks a new reading from the sensor but the primary device does not, the system can notify the user of the potential offline status of the primary device.

For example, a user begins walking on the treadmill, but forgets to put on the fitness tracker, which is the primary device for tracking exercise. The user is wearing a smart watch. This is the secondary device, which has a step counter. The smart watch detects that the user is walking, and communicates with the user’s mobile phone to alert that the user is moving. The mobile phone application recognizes that the user’s primary fitness tracker device is not incrementing and alerts the user (for example, "Do you want to wear your fitness tracker?")

Implementation 1. Multiple devices having common sensoring technologies are associated with a

user, such as (but not limited to): A. Mobile device B. Smart watch C. Fitness tracker D. Smart glasses E. Smart clothing

2. The user identifies primary devices to use certain types of sensors (such as step tracking, fitness tracker, sleep tracking, smart watch, etc.)

3. The system monitors the common sensors from the two or more devices (such as a fitness tracker, smart watch, and smart phone all track steps)

4. A secondary device, identified by Step 3, receives a threshold of sensor data for information update (for example, if the secondary detects five steps, but the primary device does not, then no alert is needed; if the secondary device detects 200 steps, but the primary device does not, t...