METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE INTERACTIONS
1. A method of handling incoming messages on a mobile device comprising:
- receiving a message in the form of a phone call, text, voice mail or other communication;
providing a user with options to manage the message selected from the group comprising;
issuing a command, resulting in routing the incoming message to voice mail or an inbox for later review;
issuing a command, resulting in the call being answered through a hands-free system;
orissuing a command resulting in the incoming message being read to the user.
A system and method for processing incoming communications to a mobile device for presenting a user with information related to an incoming message and permitting the user to respond in a pre-selected manner. An incoming message is received and if a mobile device is in motion, information relating to the incoming message is shown on a display. In response to an incoming message a user issues a selected command. Selected commands result further action relating to the message including a reading of the incoming message, the return of a pre-configured response to a sender or placement of a call to a message sender.
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Current AssigneeVoxer IP LLC
Sponsoring EntityVoxer IP LLC
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Sponsoring EntityMicrosoft Technology Licensing LLC
|Information display apparatus and method thereof|
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|Method of responding to incoming calls and messages while driving|
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Current AssigneeMiTAC International Corporation
Sponsoring EntityMiTAC International Corporation
- 1. A method of handling incoming messages on a mobile device comprising:
receiving a message in the form of a phone call, text, voice mail or other communication;
providing a user with options to manage the message selected from the group comprising;
issuing a command, resulting in routing the incoming message to voice mail or an inbox for later review; issuing a command, resulting in the call being answered through a hands-free system;
issuing a command resulting in the incoming message being read to the user.
- View Dependent Claims (2, 3)
- 4. A method of processing incoming messages to a mobile device comprising;
Determining whether a mobile device is in motion in excess of a pre-determined velocity; Providing limited information regarding an incoming message on a display if the mobile device is in motion; and Providing a user with pre-selected options for responding to or ignoring an incoming message.
- View Dependent Claims (5, 6, 7)
- 8. A message processing system comprising:
A display; A mobile device; A control module wherein the control module is configured to process messages incoming to the mobile communication device and display information regarding the incoming message on the display and wherein the control module is configured with pre-selected actions in response to an incoming message.
- View Dependent Claims (9, 10)
- 11. A message processing system comprising:
A display; A mobile device; An application control module installed on the mobile device wherein the application is configured to process message incoming to the mobile communication device and display information regarding the incoming message on the display and wherein the control module is configured with pre-selected actions in response to an incoming message.
- View Dependent Claims (12, 13, 14)
The present invention relates to a method and system for controlling communications with mobile communication devices. More specifically, the invention relates to a system and method for permitting safe hands free communication options through a mobile communication device while driving.
The use of mobile communication devices as well as the functionality of these devices have increased significantly and continue to increase. Mobile communication devices provide wireless phone, text, e-mail, access to social media environments or other applications and Internet communications, with the capabilities of the devices expanding constantly. Increased use of mobile communication devices has also led to increased dangers with drivers utilizing their mobile communication devices while driving. Use of mobile communication devices may distract drivers and has been cited as leading to automobile accidents. In response, legislatures in various states have passed laws prohibiting texting, holding phones or other uses of mobile communication devices.
Despite laws passed and dangers associated with using devices while driving, drivers continue to desire to use and access mobile communication devices or stay connected while driving. There is a need for a safe and effective means through which drivers can obtain information regarding incoming communications and take desired action in response to such incoming communications.
The present invention, allows for communication to and from a mobile communication device to be processed through a mobile application or control unit and permit hands-free communication through the mobile communication device. Portions of messages are displayed on a display, such as a Heads-Up-Display (HUD), smart screen affixed directly to the windshield or display attached to or incorporated in a mobile communications device permitting the user to interact with the message hands-free.
In one embodiment, the invention comprises a mobile communication device such as a smart-phone, a program or application installed on the mobile communication device and a display, such as a HUD, smart screen, screen affixed to a mobile device or screen integrated with the mobile device. Other displays may also be optionally used.
In another embodiment of the invention, the system of the present invention comprises a control module that interacts with a mobile communication device and a display. In one embodiment, the control module comprises components selected from the following: a microprocessor, flash memory, power supply, USB interface, smartphone interface, audio input and Bluetooth/or wi-fi capabilities. In another embodiment, the control module is a software application installed on a mobile device or is software integrated within the mobile device.
In one embodiment of the invention, the display comprises a heads-up display (HUD). In another embodiment, the display is in the form of an in-dash display, such as a radio LED or LCD display. In another embodiment, the display is in the form of a transparent smart screen affixed to the windshield. In another embodiment, the display is in the form of an independent screen that attaches to a mobile device. In yet another embodiment, the display is an integrated screen on the mobile device. Additional displays and methods of display may be readily apparent to one skilled in the art. The system displays information regarding the incoming communication and provides users with a variety of methods for response to the communication.
In one embodiment the display is a heads-up-display and is a dash mounted display unit that projects images onto the windshield creating a virtual display several feet in front of the driver and includes the following components:
1. HUD Projector—the component that actually produces the images.
2. Microphone—a directional and noise filtering microphone for hands free calling and voice commands.
3. Speaker—a high performance speaker for hands free calling and audio cues.
4. Optical sensor—detects ambient light and adjusts the output of the projector.
The control module takes several forms. In one form, the control module is a small unit that installs under the dash. In another configuration components of the module will be integrated into the HUD. In another embodiment, the mobile communication device with an installed application serves as the control module. In one embodiment, the control module comprises some or all of the following components:
2. Flash memory
3. Power supply
4. USB interface
5. Smartphone interface
6. Audio output
In one embodiment, a mobile application is installed on a user'"'"'s mobile communication device. The mobile application manages incoming or outgoing messages and data information and causes limited information regarding incoming messages to appear on a display to provide visual cues to the driver safely without taking their eyes off the road. The display presents limited information, such as mode of communication, sender'"'"'s name and corresponding avatar and gives a driver the ability to safely respond to each message via voice commands. The system is designed to allow the driver to perform hands free and voice activated communication.
Upon receiving an incoming communication, the system determines whether an automobile is in motion. Detection of movement may be accomplished through global position systems (GPS) within the mobile phone in order to provide users with certain options. This may also be accomplished through other controls, such as controls interacting directly with the automobile or gyroscopic or other motion detection means within a mobile device.
In operation, the control module or mobile application interacts with the user'"'"'s mobile communication device and displays portions of messages through the display. When a user is in motion, the mobile application (or control module) interacts with the mobile communication device to notify a user when an incoming message is received. The mobile application interacts with the display, causing information to be shown on the display regarding the incoming or outgoing message such as a name and phone number for an incoming phone call, name and subject matter for an incoming e-mail or name for an incoming text message or a reminder saved on a calendar signaling an imminent event such as an upcoming appointment or phone call.
A user may react to an incoming message by giving a voice command. A user may provide user commands such as the following: “read” “later” “save” “delete” or other commands that may be pre-configured in system or created by the user. For example, issuing a “later” command results in the message being marked for later review. The user may also issue a voice command of “read” or any other voice command programmed to cause the system to play an audio message or to cause any text message to be translated to an audio message and read through the system to the user. If there is no response from the user for a specified time period, the control module will remove the message on the display. The system can be configured to accept any variation of keywords or signals to be associated with pre-selected responses.
In one embodiment of the invention, an incoming message to a user'"'"'s smartphone is received and processed in the control module in the form of a mobile application. The mobile application then sends a message to the display, which may take various forms, including a HUD, smart screen, screen affixed to the mobile device or integrated screen on the mobile device. The displayed message contains limited information, comprising the person'"'"'s name and the mode of communication: i.e. Text from John Doe. The message is then projected on the display in a manner that does not interfere with the driver'"'"'s line of sight. In the case of an incoming written message, once the driver sees the message, the driver has several response options, all done by simple voice command, comprising the following:
- “Later” tells the phone to send the sender a standard message: “I'"'"'m driving right now, will contact you later”
- “Save” tells the phone to save the message for reading at a later time
- “Delete” tells the phone to delete the message without reading it
- “Read” tells the phone to read the incoming message
If a user elects the “Read” option, the message, whether received as a voice message, text message or other data message is processed and audibly played for the user. The mobile application or system then permits the user to respond to the message through voice commands. For example, the driver may vocalize a response to the message. When completed with the message, the system will re-play the response for the user to approve. The system permits the user to approve the message or edit the message. The system then permits the user to send the message as response or store the message for later use. The system permits the user to conduct responses through voice commands.
The system can be configured to process a variety of incoming messages including: text messages, e-mail correspondence, phone calls, voice messages, appointment reminders from a calendar, RSS feeds, GPS Navigation and social media posts. Additional interactions and incoming data may be readily apparent to those skilled in the art.
In one embodiment, the system permits the user to activate texting through a voice command. The user then speaks the message to be delivered. The message to be delivered is translated to text. The system vocalizes the text translation for the user to approve. The system is configured to allow the user to edit the message, send the message or store the message for later.
The system connects to the user'"'"'s mobile device through a variety of connective systems, including systems readily available on the market such as wireless connections, including Bluetooth connectivity or Wi-Fi or wired connections. Additional features and uses of the system include the following:
- Operation of the system through various subscription services, including a subscription service to operate translation of incoming messages from text to audio;
- Capability for preventing the full text message from being displayed on the windshield for a driver as long as the user'"'"'s automobile is in motion, which detection may be achieved through implementation of global positioning system operations;
- A Password protected mobile application that allows for preferences to be set up on a dedicated web site prohibiting a driver from seeing preferred data on the windshield unless the system is activated and in operation thereby limiting certain drivers, such as youth, from operating text on smartphones while in the automobile;
- Capability for programming the system with pre-selected numbers and limit sending or receipt of any communications except to the pre-selected numbers;
- Use of a user'"'"'s accounts associated with the system to manage operations of the system and implement safeguards or prevent usage of smartphone or mobile devices operated within the system; and
- A device holder compatible with various makes and models of smartphones, HUDs or mobile devices.
In one embodiment, configuration settings for the mobile application are controlled through an administrator web portal. The administrator portal allows for adjusting settings on the mobile application, such as limiting or expanding the number of communication features available through the mobile application. In this way, an administrator may permit certain users to view information only related to incoming phone calls and not incoming text messages or vice versa. Functions of the system will be managed through the web portal. The account holder will set up his/her preferences on the web portal, pay for additional subscription services and be able to order additional hardware like a separate display such as the HUD or smart screen via the web portal.
For purposes of the preceding embodiments, an “ignore” command may also be accomplished by a user taking no action with respect to an incoming message. The “ignore” “read” “call” and other features identified herein can be configured to correspond to any words, phrases or signals.