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Cognitive Activation of a Panic Mode of Operation for a Mobile Device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244895D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-27
Document File: 5 page(s) / 47K

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Disclosed are a method and system comprising a mobile device, a means of user authentication for accessing the device, and a means for conveying a cognitive feature to the device. Based on said cognitive feature entered during user authentication, the mobile device enters a panic mode.

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Cognitive Activation of a Panic Mode of Operation for a Mobile Device

Cognitive actuation refers to the use of cognitive features for mobile device interaction. Cognitive features can include facial expressions, brainwave patterns indicative of thought, emotion, etc., and cognitive biometrics (e.g., electroencephalogram (EEG), an electrocardiogram (ECG), electro-dermal response (EDR), eye trackers (pupilometry), etc.). Typing characteristics can also be considered indicators of user's emotional state.

The novel contribution is a method and system that enables a mobile device to automatically enter a panic mode when the cognitive feature entered during user authentication indicates distress. The method and system comprise:

• A mobile device (e.g. smart phone)

• A means of user authentication for accessing the device (e.g., password, fingerprint, etc.), • A means for conveying a cognitive feature (e.g., face expression, brain wave, etc.) to the device
• A mechanism that, based on the cognitive feature entered during user authentication, enters the mobile device into a panic mode

In addition, the system activated on a mobile phone can detect the presence of the user (S1) differentiated from others in the vicinity (S2, S3, S4…). By assessing the level of the S1 voice stress and the stress or emotions for S2, S3, S4…, the system can determine if the user is in a negative situation (e.g., surrounded by bullies) and can enter a panic mode.

The panic mode of operation automatically alters at least one standard operation of the mobile device. The system can disable access to a portion of the information stored by the mobile device and/or disable a pre-defined set of functions, which the mobile device is normally operable to perform. The panic mode displays a user interface (UI) that provides an appearance of the mobile device having a set of default factory settings. It can hide information and applications (e.g., contact information, email, photographs, videos, or documents) either in total or in part.

The panic mode emits a beacon signal from the mobile device that transmits an alert using a cellular network to an emergency service provider; the system makes use of predetermined emergency call connection instructions that are sent/received when the panic mode is entered. A global positioning device associated with the panic mode of the phone provides the location of the user to an emergency response center. In this mode, it also records a photograph or a video using a camera of the mobile device, records an audio file using a microphone of the mobile device and can trigger a drone to approach and monitor the situation.

The system learns about different contexts and cognitive states that trigger the panic button/behavior of the mobile device. This learning may optionally be performed for different cohorts (i.e., classes of user), different demographics, and in different areas.


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