Distance-based association

  • US 8,886,125 B2
  • Filed: 03/27/2007
  • Issued: 11/11/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/14/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of performing an operation based on distance, comprising:

  • receiving, at a first device, a plurality of distinct signals from a second device and one or more other devices, respectively;

    generating, at the first device, a plurality of indications related to a plurality of distinct distances between the first device and the second device and the one or more other devices based on the plurality of distinct signals, wherein the first device communicates with the second device and the one or more other devices via one or more wireless communication links;

    associating the first device with the second device based on the plurality of indications and a criteria based on the distance between the first device and second device relative to the one or more distances between the first device and the one or more other devices, wherein associating the first device and the second device comprises;

    instructing a user to actuate a first switch of the first device;

    acquiring a first indication representative of a time of actuation of the first switch of the first device;

    receiving a second indication representative of a time of actuation of a second switch of the second device; and

    comparing the first indication with the second indication to determine whether the actuation of the first switch of the first device occurred substantially simultaneously with the actuation of the second switch of the second device; and

    transmitting an association related signal to the second device.

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