Patent application serial number 781524 has not been assigned to a company or institution.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "As mobile computing technology becomes more ever-present in our daily lives, mobile device users become more and more reliant on functionality provided by their mobile devices. Ideally, mobile devices, or other computing devices, should allow users to perform queries in a natural and efficient manner. Currently, queries pose difficulties for users that arise from the fact that the structure of underlying data and the set of query criteria available in the data being searched are not transparent to the user. Efficient translation of the user's needs into a successful query requires knowledge of properties of the data being searched and the required format for the query, neither of which is currently obvious from the user's perspective. Users also need a method for refining under-constrained queries when relevant criteria and properties are not obvious. Particularly for mobile devices, approaches using graphical display only are problematic due to limited interactivity and limited screen real estate. Solving this problem requires an interface that is natural for the user while producing validly formatted search queries that are sensitive to the structure of the data, and that gives the user an easy and natural method for identifying and modifying search criteria. Ideally, such a system should select an appropriate search engine and tailor its queries based upon the indexing system used by the search engine. Possessing this ability would allow more efficient, accurate and seamless retrieval of appropriate information. Existing systems and methods fail to support the ability to map cross modal input signals to proposed search criteria, select an appropriate search engine or data source and formulate or structure the search query in a manner based on the indexing system of the search engine or data source.
"US patent 2010/0223562 to
"Efforts directed to the translation of user input into queries for semi-structured data include U.S. Pat. No. 6,282,537 to
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