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From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "With the proliferation of electronic devices, especially mobile electronic devices, such as, mobile phones, hand-held personal computers (PC), and so forth, these devices have gained the status of personal appliances to a person. As a result, increasingly, users desire to personalize these devices. For example, in addition to a wide variety of body casing colors, interchangeable faceplates of various colors and artistic designs are available for a variety of mobile phones to allow the users to have even greater choices providing different physical appearances to their own devices. Additionally, a variety of non-standard screen-savers and ring tones can be downloaded into the devices to further personalize the devices. Similarly, hand-held personal computers and personal digital assistants also come in various colors, with various screen savers and wallpapers.
"These approaches to personalization suffer from a number of disadvantages. First, they are disjoint. Typically, a user may go to a mall or an online e-commerce site to shop and purchase, e.g. a faceplate with design and/or color that is of interest to the user. Then, the user may go online to web sites to search and look for a custom ring tone or a screen saver of interest to the user. It is the user's responsibility to choose and combine the appropriate hardware, i.e. faceplate design/color, with the software behavior, i.e. custom ring tone etc. to create a total personality. The process is cumbersome for many users, especially for the more novice users, as the proliferation of mobile electronic devices reaches more and more users. Moreover, the approaches do not facilitate quick and timely changes to the personality to be taken on by the mobile electronic devices. These shortcomings apply equally to personalization of other electronic devices, such as game consoles."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In one implementation, a casing, faceplate, sleeve, covering or other accessory for a mobile electronic device such as a mobile phone or other communication device includes designs (typically thematic) depicted on one or more of its exterior surfaces. In this way the user can personalize the physical appearance of the phone. The accessory also includes a data tag which stores complementary instructions and/or data that is complementary to the theme. The instructions and/or data allow the mobile electronic device to be personalized behaviorally as well as physically.
"In some implementations the data tag is configured to communicate over a short-range interface. One illustrative protocol that may be employed in support of the short-range interface is the Near-Field Communication (NFC) protocol. In this case the mobile electronic device includes an NFC reader to read the data stored on the data tag. Because of its short range, the mobile electronic device may only be able to access the data while the accessory adorns it.
"In one implementation the data stored on the data tag includes a resource specification such as URL that specifies the location from which content used to behaviorally personalize the mobile electronic device may be obtained. Illustrative content that may be obtained include ring tones, wallpaper, applications and screensavers, as well as video and audio clips or other material.
"This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter."
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