System and Method to Display Event Notifications at User Focal Point
Original Publication Date: 2009-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Oct-01
The core idea disclosed is the presentation of event notification/information (i.e. instant message, email, etc.) to a user in a non-intrusive, convenient manner at an active focal point. This can be done by actively estimating the best placement of the notification in real-time or configured based on predetermined conditions like type of activity or level of activity. This means that the focal point could be either within the application in which a user is working or at the mouse pointer or cursor. By providing the information to the user at the location of the main focus, the user has the opportunity to view the event message. In another embodiment, the user may choose to respond to the event without switching to the alternate applications (the various sources of the event notification), thus allowing the user to maximize time and focus on the task at hand.