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Detecting smart watch gesture to determine if you locked your door Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248340D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

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Using smart watch gesture history to identify when a door may have been left unlocked.

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Detecting smart watch gesture to determine if you locked your door

When leaving the house, I often can't remember if I locked the door. For a user with a smart watch, it is possible to identify the action of turning a key or releasing the latch using motion sensors on the device. By analysing the order of detected actions and user location, it can be determined if the door was or was not locked and the user can be alerted as required.

    1. Watch is monitoring user actions and recording when there is an action that appears to be locking a door (turning of the wrist at a certain angle, or the motion required to disable a door latch). This is known technology: papers exist to show how the movements of a watch could detect seizures or even pin numbers at ATMs.

    2. When the watch (or connected phone) detects that the user is moving away from the house, it looks at the recent actions to determine if there was a recent door locking action.

    3. If a door locking action is not detected, the device alerts the user through the standard notification system that they may have forgotten to lock the door. This enables the user to go back and check, and lock the door if required.

    Multiple door locking actions may be required if the user has to lock more than one door, or open and start their car. The number and pattern of door locking actions required for a successful "leaving the house" routine could be set manually, or learned. Depending on if the user leaves in their car or walk...