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Patent Issued for Method and Apparatus for Reminding Calendar Schedule and Recording Medium

May 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Lee, Yu-Cheng (Taoyuan County, TW); Lu, Kuang-Rong (Taoyuan County, TW), filed on August 4, 2009, was published online on May 13, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8725164, is HTC Corporation (Taoyuan County, TW).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The broad application of mobile devices has changed our life style gradually. For example, in the past, people used to write down notes of important events in calendars, while nowadays, people use electronic calendar function disposed in mobile devices (such as mobile phones and Personal Digital Assistances (PDAs)) to record those events. An electronic calendar provides a lot of convenience in event recording. By integrating the electronic calendar into a mobile device, a user can be reminded of his/her upcoming event. Thus, nowadays, many businessmen use the electronic calendar function provided by mobile devices to record various events, such as visiting customers, delivering goods, dating, and business trips, etc.

"An important function of an electronic calendar is providing a reminding message to a user when the schedule of a stored event is due. The user may also set the reminding message to an earlier time (for example, 10 minutes earlier) so that the calendar can provide the reminding message at the set earlier time to remind the user in advance. However, even though the user can be reminded of an event through the method described above, the time it takes for the user to reach the event location is not considered. As a result, the user may be late for the event or even miss it. For example, if a user is visiting a customer at Taoyuan County and the calendar reminds the user that there will be a conference at Taipei 10 minutes later, the user will definitely be late for or even miss the event due to the long distance between the two places."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Accordingly, the present application is directed to a method for reminding a calendar schedule, in which a reminding message is provided in advance to a user according to the distance between the location of the user and the location of an event, so that the user will not be late for the event when the user is very far from the event location.

"The present application is directed to an apparatus for reminding a calendar schedule, in which the location of a user is detected in real time by using a positioning module, and the time required by the user for moving to the location of an event is calculated such that a reminding time of the calendar schedule can be dynamically adjusted.

"The present application provides a recording medium, in which the recording medium can be loaded into an electronic device and executed by the same to perform a reminding action of an event in advance.

"The present application provides a method for reminding a calendar schedule, in which the method is suitable for a mobile device. The method comprises following steps. First, a schedule and a location of an event are set in a calendar, and first positioning information of the location is obtained. Then, second positioning information of a current location of the mobile device is obtained. Next, the current location is determined whether to be within a signal range of a signal source which provides services at the event location. Once the current location is within the signal range, a transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information is calculated. Finally, a reminding time of the event is set according to the transferring time, and a reminding action of the event is performed at the reminding time, wherein the reminding time is earlier than the schedule for a length of the transferring time and a predetermined time.

"According to an example of the present application, the second positioning information may be obtained through the positioning of a positioning module, and the first positioning information may also be obtained through the positioning of the positioning module or by inquiring an electronic map or a positioning information database, in which the electronic map and the positioning information database contain positioning information of a plurality of locations.

"According to an example of the present application, the step of calculating the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information comprises calculating the transferring time for moving from the second positioning information to the first positioning information by referring to road speed limit information in the electronic map.

"According to an example of the present application, in the step of calculating the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information by referring to the road speed limit information in the electronic map, a path for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information is planed by referring to the electronic map, and then the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information is calculated by referring to road speed limit information of one or multiple roads passed through by the path in the electronic map.

"According to an example of the present application, in the step of calculating the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information by referring to the road speed limit information in the electronic map, a distance between the location with the second positioning information and the location with the first positioning information is calculated, and the distance is divided by the road speed limit information to obtain the transferring time.

"According to an example of the present application, before the step of obtaining the second positioning information of the current location of the mobile device, the method further comprises setting a turn-on time for turning on the mobile device to obtain the second positioning information of the current location of the mobile device and turning on the mobile device to obtain the second positioning information of the current location of the mobile device at the turn-on time, in which the turn-on time is a time earlier than the schedule of the event for a fixed length of time or is a specific time set by a user.

"According to an example of the present application, the reminding action comprises broadcasting or displaying a reminding message of the event.

"The present application provides an apparatus for reminding a calendar schedule. The apparatus comprises a calendar module, a positioning module, a calculation unit, and a reminding module. The calendar module sets a schedule and a location of an event and obtains first positioning information of the location. The positioning module obtains second positioning information of a current location and determines whether the current location is within a signal range of a signal source which provides services at the event location. The calculation unit calculates a transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information when the positioning module determines the current location exceeds the signal range of the signal source and sets a reminding time of the event according to the transferring time, wherein the reminding time is earlier than the schedule for a length of the transferring time and a predetermined time. The reminding module performs a reminding action of the event at the reminding time.

"According to an example of the present application, the apparatus further comprises a storage unit for storing an electronic map or a positioning information database, in which the electronic map and the positioning information database contain positioning information of a plurality of locations.

"According to an example of the present application, the calculation unit calculates the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information by referring to road speed limit information in the electronic map.

"According to an example of the present application, the apparatus further comprises a navigation module which plans a path for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information by referring to the electronic map, in which the calculation unit calculates the transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information by referring to road speed limit information of one or multiple roads passed through by the path in the electronic map.

"According to an example of the present application, the calculation unit calculates a distance between the location with the second positioning information and the location with the first positioning information and divides the distance by the road speed limit information to obtain the transferring time.

"According to an example of the present application, the reminding module further sets a turn-on time for turning on the positioning module to obtain the second positioning information of the current location and turns on the positioning module to obtain the second positioning information of the current location at the turn-on time, in which the turn-on time is a time earlier than the schedule of the event for a fixed length of time or is a specific time set by a user.

"According to an example of the present application, the positioning module may be a global positioning system (GPS) or a device using a base station of the global system for mobile communication (GSM) system, the personal handy-phone system (PHS), or the code division multiple access (CDMA) system, a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot, a radio repeater, or a radio broadcaster for positioning.

"According to an example of the present application, the apparatus is disposed in a mobile device, in which the mobile device is a mobile communication device, such as a mobile phone, a smart phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), or a PDA phone; a navigation device; a notebook; a car PC; or a media player.

"The present application provides a recording medium which records program instructions to be loaded into a mobile device to execute following steps. First, a schedule and a location of an event are set in a calendar, and first positioning information of the location is obtained. Then, second positioning information of a current location of the mobile device is obtained. Next, a transferring time for moving from the location with the second positioning information to the location with the first positioning information is calculated. Eventually, a reminding time of the event is set according to the transferring time, and a reminding action of the event is performed at the reminding time.

"In the present application, a positioning module is integrated with an electronic calendar for obtaining the location of a user in real time, and the time for the user to reach the location of an event is determined by referring to the schedule and the event location in the electronic calendar. Accordingly, a reminding message can be provided to the user in advance so that the user will not be late for the event even if the user is very far from the event location."

For more information, see this patent: Lee, Yu-Cheng; Lu, Kuang-Rong. Method and Apparatus for Reminding Calendar Schedule and Recording Medium. U.S. Patent Number 8725164, filed August 4, 2009, and published online on May 13, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=36&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1784&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140513.PD.&OS=ISD/20140513&RS=ISD/20140513

Keywords for this news article include: HTC Corporation, Information Technology, Information and Data Aggregation.

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