Techniques for communication within closed groups of mobile devices

  • US 9,615,204 B1
  • Filed: 07/22/2015
  • Issued: 04/04/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus comprising instructions stored on non-transitory machine readable media, said instructions when executed to cause at least one processor of a first mobile device to:

  • cause the first mobile device to interact with a user of the first mobile device using a visual display of the first mobile device to permit the user to define groups, each in a manner associated with one or more other mobile devices;

    for each group, transmit a request via at least one server to a software application on each other mobile device associated with the group where such request seeks agreement of a user of the other mobile device, entered via the software application, to share location of the other mobile device with members of the group;

    for a group selected by the user of the first mobile device from the one or more groups, cause the first mobile device to display a map on the visual display of the first mobile device which depicts location of each mobile device associated with the selected group where the user of the mobile device has responded to the request by agreeing to share location; and

    cause the first mobile device toreceive requests via the at least one server from the software application on each other mobile device which seek to add the first mobile device to groups defined by users of the other mobile devices and seeks agreement from the user of the first mobile device to share location of the first mobile device with members of the groups defined by the users of the other mobile devices,display such requests which seek to add the first mobile device to groups defined by the users of the other mobile devices, to the user of the first mobile device, and accept entry by the user of the first mobile device via a user interface of the first mobile device of responses to such requests,transmit the responses to such requests to the server, andshare GPS position of the first mobile device with members of those groups where the user of the first mobile device has responded to requests by agreeing to share location of the first mobile device with the members of the groups defined by the users of the other mobile devices.

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