Publication Date: 2012-Sep-04
The IP.com Prior Art Database
This invention allows a person to "copy" a file on one machine, move to a second machine, and then "paste" that file. The user is identified by an RFID device, optimally in their hand, but a portable device (PDA, Phone, etc), works just as well. The main advantage is "time saving"; as the user can simply copy the file from Location A to location B, without having to find the shared medium (server, flash drive, etc) manually, or even know where Location B is in advance.
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This disclosure covers the concept that a file, when copied, should be associated with the physical user himself, as opposed to the current system (which associates a copied file with a single login session on a single machine).
Currently, to copy a file between machines it needs to be selected, copied, pasted on a shared drive, moved to another machine, located again, copied, and pasted again. Or a direct connection can be set up, which requires an exchange of details (network location, user ID, password, etc). This takes more time than is needed.
In this invention, a user touches their mouse, and the computer simply "knows" that it is them. Of course, a mouse does not need to be involved, as proximity to the computer would suffice.The user copies a file, stands up, walks to a different machine, and hits right-click paste. The second computer recognises the user as soon as they touch the mouse, and pastes the file they copied on the first machine. No fuss, no complications, and one-touch recognition. This provides location-independent copy-and-paste.
Step 1: The user is identified to his computer via an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip in their hand, which is recognised by the RFID reader built into their mouse. The RFID reader provides the power in this system, allowing for a much smaller "passive" RFID tag.
Step 2: The user selects a file and copies it. That file is automatically transferred to the cloud, and tagged with their user ID.
As with any system that provides functionality across multiple machines, there must be a shared medium which contains both the user's ID and the location of the file. This could be a database, or any other writeable memory in the user's RFID tag.
The local portion of this exchange interfaces with the RFID reader, retrieves the latest user ID, determines where to store the file (on which server), tags the file with the user's...