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Method and system for alerting users to time & location-based opportunities to complete tasks Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237781D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-10
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Task Management assistance

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Method and system for alerting users to time & location-based opportunities to complete tasks

Disclosed is a system for alerting a person, in a timely manner, tasks he/she needs to do which can be accomplished soon due to proximity, or in the near future.

    Task management assistance for humans is a very common use of technology, e.g. diaries, electronic diaries, alarm reminders etc. These systems rely on a task being entered into a recording system by a user, or (more recently) an automated system, reminding a user that a task needs to be done. Examples include electronic calendar systems on mobile devices such as Phones and PDAs.

    Additional facilities from third parties offer the user lots of information when the user requests it - over and above the "standard" calendar entries and reminders, such as what is available "soon" (temporal information) and "near" (geographic information).

    The common element in all these tools is that a user is required to enter the information and/or request the information at/about a specific point in time. For example:

Calendar ==> a user must enter the information into a calendar (regarding a point in time)

    Request applications ==> a user makes a request for information GPS/maps ==> a user requests information about the location
The system herein offers a different proposition. Instead of actions occurring as a result of a user request, a user will be informed when, where and why an action

may be undertaken in both time and geographic dimensions.

    The system uses automated processes and discreet datasets to enable proposals of actions which may be eligible to be performed by the person and information provided to the person at an appropriate time e.g., you can buy milk soon as you're going to pass a shop that sells milk as you were asked by your partner to buy milk.

This is achieved by two process running continuously:

A process which continuously monitors incoming messages and determines


whether any "action to be performed" can be extracted e.g. examining SMS, emails, voicemails

  Any such extracted actions are recorded as stored actions
A process which continuously (and asynchronously from the previous process)

monitors the user's context (time and ge...