The assignee for this patent, patent number 8566100, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile communication devices such as, for example, cell phones, smart phones, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) are implemented to provide user access to large amounts of data via the Internet. Such devices include a user interface that displays a menu to access a desired data. Conventional menu structures for mobile communication devices require users to remember a hierarchy of functions and applications to reach the desired information and task. Users can become frustrated when they are unable to locate the desired information and may be unable to fully exploit the advantages of the mobile communication device. Additionally, tracking and managing such information on the mobile communication device can be extremely difficult while performing more than one task at the similar time.
"Based on the foregoing, it is believed that a need exists for an improved method and system for obtaining user-selected real-time information on a mobile communication device. A need also exists for automatically vocalizing the real-time information in a multitude of languages without opening a link, as will be described in greater detailed herein."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The following summary is provided to facilitate an understanding of some of the innovative features unique to the disclosed embodiments and is not intended to be a full description. A full appreciation of the various aspects of the embodiments disclosed herein can be gained by taking the entire specification, claims, drawings, and abstract as a whole.
"It is, therefore, one aspect of the disclosed embodiments to provide improved wireless communications devices and techniques.
"It is another aspect of the disclosed embodiments to provide for an improved method and system for obtaining user-selected, real-time information on a mobile communication device.
"It is a further aspect of the disclosed embodiments to provide for an improved method and system for automatically vocalizing the real-time information in a multitude of languages.
"The aforementioned aspects and other objectives and advantages can now be achieved as described herein. A method and system for obtaining user-selected real-time information on a mobile communication device is disclosed herein. A customized live tile application module can be configured in association with the mobile communication device in order to automatically vocalize the real-time information preselected by a user in a multitude of languages. A text-to-speech application module (e.g.,
"The application can be programmed to search the information (e.g., sports scores, stocks, weather, news, etc) from the website and the remote server. Real time information can also be displayed on a double-tile space of the mobile communication device. Multiple tiles can communicate with a parent application so that the information can be transferred to a single tile. The tiles can automatically be updated with new notifications and posses a plethora of information from various applications. The tiles can include, for example, sports information, location-based commercial services, weather, driving directions, local information, travel, and financial information such as stock exchange listing values. The customized live tile application module works on all customer platforms and provides maximum performance with minimal memory and processing footprint and highest speech quality."
For more information, see this patent: Verna, Anthony; Ortiz, Luis M.. Automated Method and System for Obtaining User-Selected Real-Time Information on a Mobile Communication Device. U.S. Patent Number 8566100, filed
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