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Explicit Content Filter Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223664D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Disclosed is a method that detects when small children are present in a vehicle and thus enables the vehicle’s media system to play only age-appropriate content, such as songs and videos.

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Explicit Content Filter

There are often times when children are travelling in a car with parents and the parent may wish to filter music or media content for explicit content.

Current solutions require that the guardian purchase only age-appropriate (i.e., "clean") content and manually select these versions while children are in the car. However, in cases where the parent may have previously travelled alone, the play list may automatically resume with the explicit content versions of songs.

The invention is a method in which vehicle sensors are used to determine the likelihood of children being in the vehicle, based on weight, seating arrangements, and methods of seat belt usage. When the application determines that children are in vehicle it filters songs, selects appropriate versions, or plays only age-appropriate content.

In the preferred embodiment, the sensors in the vehicle (i.e., air bag sensors) can be used to determine the weight and occupied seats in the vehicle. Alternate methods for child occupancy detection include sensors incorporated to detect connections to the tether system for car seats, user defined weight or seating arrangement entries for family members, voice detection, or camera usage.

Figure 1: Example of weight detection method with children present. Green denotes occupied seats. Based on the seating arrangement of one person greater than 100 pounds in the driver seat and one person less than 100 pounds in the back seat, the application determines that a child is in the vehicle. The system then selects only inexplicit content f...