Personalized, location-based phone ring
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Regular telephones and cellular devices are capable of producing a variety of rings, some of which can even be downloaded from the Internet. When a number of phones are located in the same room, users identify their own phone by the distinct ring pattern. This invention applies to the location-based call forwarding option. An additional feature of call forwarding can be to send the ring pattern, possibly as a file, along with the forwarded call. In this way, when a phone rings because of a call forwarded to it, the ring pattern could be the personalized ring of the person originally dialed. The intended recipient of the call will recognize the ring pattern, and pick up the phone. When a location-based system is used to route calls to a phone near the intended recipient (such as when active tags are used in a ubiquitous lab) [these terms are unclear—does an “active tag” track tag bearers in “an ubiquitous lab”?], users walking in the corridor will be able to ascertain if the phone ringing in the corridor is for them. This is also the case, of course, if the recipient is in a room. In addition, the personalized ring pattern can be transferred to a location, if the user walks around with a Bluetooth device. The location can then forward the call even if the user does not have a phone nearby.