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Succession images recognition based intelligent mobile phone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199899D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-20
Document File: 6 page(s) / 31K

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Disclosed is an intelligent context awareness feature for mobile and smart phones that enables the phone to: automatically indentify the user’s location with the global positioning system (GPS), capture succession images of the user’s surroundings with the embedded camera, analyze the location and succession images, make decisions on subsequent actions, and execute those actions. This enhances the end-user experience by providing a system where the phone automatically and appropriately reacts to a user’s location and situation.

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Succession images recognition based intelligent mobile phone

The latest mobile and smart phone technologies provide strong communication and

electronic tools. There is room for further enhancement of these technologies to

improve the user experience.

One enhancement is a feature that enables the mobile phone or smart phone to adjust

its settings depending on the user's location or situation. For example, while in

proximity to a sleeping baby or in a restaurant, the device's technology recognizes that

the ring-tone volume must be lowered or placed on vibrate and automatically does so.

Related features can be found on context-aware cellular phones, but this invention

exploits graphical analysis and picture recognition for context awareness.

Existing technologies based on light sensors on mobile phones do not provide solutions

to the need described. Some of those include:

• Three sensors mainly focusing on power saving, but none of them controls

phone ringing duration (1)

• Increasing mobile phone battery life using light sensors only; not related to

controlling number of rings (2)

• A device flashing a blue LED light when phone rings; not related to sensor

control of phone rings (3)

• A phone that detects darkness (4)

Prior art related to the use of phone recognition of graphic symbols and pictures to

change the ring, phone mapping images to actions, phone recognizing actions based on


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images, and context aware cell phones do not address the features provided by the

disclosed invention. Solutions related to, but different from, the disclosed invention in

terms of a phone call-triggered camera, a phone that receives a signal, takes a picture,

and sends a phone signal to take a picture exist. These support the feasibility of the

disclosed invention, but do not offer the same end result. (5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

The disclosed invention involves more intelligent mobile phones that react to images

captured by the embedded camera: they analyze the images and make decisions on

subsequent actions. The intelligent phone also uses speech recognition to determine

whether the user is agitated or in an emergency situation.

The proposed technology contains the following features:

1. Context awareness based on images, enabling the system to make decisions

enabling the phone to take automated actions

2. Recognition of actions based on still succession images

Newer mobile phones have many embedded features like cameras, global positioning

system (GPS) devices and more powerful central processing units which can execute

sophisticated programs. These features can be exploited to provide intelligent

responses to external stimuli. For example, by using a GPS location and both historical

and instantaneous photographic input, a mobile phone can be designed to take specific

actions on behalf of its owner.

The process applied to the invention follows:

1. The phone immediately determines its surroundings by activating the GPS and

internal camera...