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"Method and System for Generating Visually Enhanced Calendar from Pre-Existing Calendar on Electronic Device" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 14, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventor Ebanks, Gordon Anthony (New York, NY), filed on January 17, 2014, was made available online on July 31, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application 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: "Present electronic devices including mobile electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers, and wearable computing devices operated by iOS.TM. and Android.TM. operating software platforms include calendar application software. The calendar application software enables a calendar on the device for use by a user. Like typical calendars, calendars enabled on the devices are utilitarian and highly functional, but are not social-media friendly."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "An object of the present invention includes converting a pre-existing (i.e., typical, ordinary) calendar of an electronic device into a visually enhanced calendar on the electronic device.

"In carrying out at least one of the above and other objects, an embodiment of the present invention provides a method for enhancing a pre-existing calendar on an electronic device. The method includes parsing an event of the pre-existing calendar for an item of information associated with the event. The method further includes searching at least one source for a visual representation indicative of the information associated with the event using the item of information as a search term. The method further includes forming a visual enhancement layer including the visual representation. The method further includes generating a visually enhanced calendar based on the visual enhancement layer and the pre-existing calendar for display on the electronic device in lieu of the pre-existing calendar.

"Further, in carrying out at least one of the above and other objects, an embodiment of the present invention provides a system configured to carry out the method.

"Also, in carrying out at least one of the above and other objects, an embodiment of the present invention provides an electronic device having a a pre-existing calendar and an agent. The agent is configured to parse an event of the pre-existing calendar for an item of information associated with the event, search at least one source for a visual representation indicative of the information associated with the event using the item of information as a search term, form a visual enhancement layer including the visual representation, and generate a visually enhanced calendar based on the visual enhancement layer and the pre-existing calendar for display on the electronic device in lieu of the pre-existing calendar.

"Embodiments of the present invention are directed to generating a visually enhanced calendar on an electronic device from the pre-existing calendar of the electronic device. In general, a visual enhancement layer based on the pre-existing calendar is generated and then overlaid onto the pre-existing calendar to thereby generate the visually enhanced calendar. As such, the visually enhanced calendar (i.e., the overall calendar) includes two layers: (i) the additional visual enhancement layer and (ii) the existing calendar layer. Embodiments of the present invention provide a visual calendar experience platform on an electronic device by adding a visual enhancement layer to the pre-existing calendar of the device. User and entertainment brands may activate the visual enhancement layer. The visual enhancement layer is built from the user's pre-existing calendar as explained herein.

"A method and/or a system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention generate a visually enhanced calendar based on the pre-existing calendar of an electronic device when the electronic device (or the pre-existing calendar itself) is connected or synched to a server or the like configured to conduct at least part of the operation of the method and/or the system. In operation, a processing stage parses one or more of the events of the pre-existing calendar for information associated with each parsed calendar event. Another processing stage obtains visual representations relevant to the information associated with each parsed event. Another processing stage forms the visual enhancement layer with the visual representations and then overlays the visual enhancement layer onto the pre-existing calendar to thereby generate the visually enhanced calendar.

"Such a method and/or a system may be designated herein as 'Cannonball'. In one form, the method and/or the system is embodied as calendar application software (i.e., a calendar app) that provides a visual calendar experience platform on electronic devices. Such electronic devices include desktop devices, mobile devices operated by iOS.TM. operating software including the iPhone.TM. phone and the iPad.RTM. tablet, mobile devices operated by Android.TM. operating software, wearable devices such as the Google Glass.TM. wearable computing device and Samsung Galaxy Gear.TM. watches, etc. In general, the method and system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention provide a visual calendar experience platform for use with electronic devices configured for communication with the Internet and other electronic devices.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates a flowchart describing operation of a method and a system for converting a pre-existing calendar of an electronic device into a visually enhanced calendar on the electronic device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 2 illustrates a mobile phone with a pre-existing calendar displayed thereon and the mobile phone with a representation of a visual enhancement layer being overlaid onto the pre-existing calendar to generate a visually enhanced calendar for display on the mobile phone."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Ebanks, Gordon Anthony. Method and System for Generating Visually Enhanced Calendar from Pre-Existing Calendar on Electronic Device. Filed January 17, 2014 and posted July 31, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=670&p=14&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140724.PD.&OS=PD/20140724&RS=PD/20140724

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Software.

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