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Method for creation of environmental condition definitions to categorize ambient-sensitive to-dos Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246120D
Publication Date: 2016-May-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Ambient-sensitive to-do lists described in prior art suffer from a kind of complexity when defining the environmental conditions for new to-do items. This article discloses a method to enhance the comfort of such to-do lists.

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Method for creation of environmental condition definitions to categorize ambient-

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sensitive to - -dos


Disclosed is a method to speed up and simplify the procedure of adding new to-do items to an ambient-sensitive to-do list.


An ambient-sensitive to-do list has the capability to highlight or filter out to-do items that need a specific environment in order to be worked on. For example, if querying an ambient-sensitive to-do list for a currently suitable to-do item and during the query there is a measurable background noise, the ambient-sensitive to-do list

would not return any to-do items that require silence.

Current problems of ambient-sensitive to-do lists

With an ambient-sensitive to-do list that works based on environmental conditions, each to-do can be considered as currently viable or not viable to the user, depending on the actual conditions. For this, when adding a new to-do item to a prior-art ambient-sensitive to-do list, the user needs to specify and thus in some sense to foreknow the conditions when a to-do can be completed. However, the user might not be aware of all conditions. Additionally, the input of such conditions during the creation of the to-do item takes time and may make the creation unhandy.

In detail, creating a to-do item for prior-art ambient-sensitive to-do lists requires the effort to specify the conditions that must be met in order to work on a to-do. Examples for such conditions can look like this:
"to-do requires silence",
"to-do is only possible at a specific location",
"to-do requires connection to the Internet"
"to-do requires privacy"
"to-do requires some undisturbed time interval"
"to-do requires access to a desktop with large display"
and of course a combination of two or more conditions may be required.

Specifying such conditions during creation of a to-do item makes the prior-art ambient-sensitive to-do list uncomfortable and prevents a quick creation.

The user might choose to resign the advantages of the ambient-sensitive to-do list and use an ambient-insensitive to-...