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Patent Issued for Tagging Data Utilizing Nearby Device Information

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventor Greenberg, Itai (Kirkland, WA), filed on August 12, 2013, was published online on August 26, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8818422 is assigned to Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The pervasiveness of computers and other processor-based devices has resulted in data proliferation such that vast amounts of digital data are created and stored daily. Although originally the sole domain of well-funded companies and research institutions, technology advancements and cost reductions over time have enabled computers and other electronic devices to become commonplace in the lives of most everyone.

"Initially, digital computers were simply very large calculators designed to aid performance of scientific calculations. Only many years later had computers evolved to a point where they were able to execute stored programs and provide more diverse functionality. Constant improvement of processing power coupled with significant advances in computer memory and/or storage devices (as well as expediential reduction in cost) led to persistence and processing of a large volume of data.

"Continued advancements over the years have led to a dramatic decrease in both size and cost of electronic components. As a result, the popularity of bulky desktop-style computers is giving way to smaller mobile devices. Individuals interact with a plurality of such devices daily including mobile phones, personal digital assistants, media players, digital recorders and/or hybrids thereof. For example, individuals employ digital cameras (e.g., solo-device, camera phone, web camera . . . ) to take a number of pictures, videos or the like.

"The Internet has further driven creation of digital content. The Internet provides an infrastructure that supports applications such as e-mail, file transfer and the World Wide Web (Web), among other things. This encourages users to create or capture digital content such that it can be transmitted or accessed expeditiously over the Internet. As a result, digital devices are employed to capture media and store such files locally and/or remotely. For example, individuals may upload their pictures, movies, music or the like to one or more websites or servers to enable people to download or otherwise access such content. Alternatively, individuals may send files via e-mail, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or multimedia messaging service (MMS), among other things. Unfortunately, local or remote stored data is of minimal use unless it can be located expeditiously.

"To maximize the likelihood of locating relevant information amongst an abundance of data, search engines or query processors are regularly employed. A search engine is a tool that facilitates data navigation based on entry of a query comprising one or more keywords. Upon receipt of a query, the engine or processor is operable to retrieve a list of objects (e.g., pictures, images, sounds, music, multimedia . . . ), typically ranked based on relevance to the query.

"Search engines identify relevant content utilizing information or data associated with the content. This information is often referred to as metadata, which is defined as data that describes other data. For example, a conventional digital camera can tag a picture with the date and time it was taken. Hence, pictures can be located by a search engine based on date and/or time of creation. However, this is somewhat limited.

"Similarly, metadata plays a role with respect to organizing, sorting or otherwise interacting with content. For example, it may be advantageous to sort files into one or more folders or other container to aid location. Further, programs can be employed to automatically sort data as function of file name and/or metadata (e.g., file type) associated therewith. However, where the metadata associated with a file consists solely of file type, time and/or date, there are limited ways to divide or otherwise differentiate content.

"To enable more useful or intuitive searches and/or facilitate organization, sorting or the like, users can manually associate metadata with a file. For example, a picture can be decorated with metadata describing elements of the picture such as people in the picture, location, event, among other things. Unfortunately, this can be a very time consuming task that may deter employment of such functionality."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The following presents a simplified summary in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects of the claimed subject matter. This summary is not an extensive overview. It is not intended to identify key/critical elements or to delineate the scope of the claimed subject matter. Its sole purpose is to present some concepts in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented later.

"Briefly described, the disclosure pertains to automatic tagging of data to facilitate subsequent, expeditious location and/or organization thereof. More particularly, captured environmental data (e.g., pictures, audio, video . . . ), amongst other types, can be tagged utilizing information afforded by individuals nearby when the data was recorded or otherwise provided. Before, during or after recording, requests can be sent for information regarding individuals and/or associated devices within a distance of a recording device. Information such as the name of the device user/owner, among other things can be provided to the recording device and employed to tag or label captured data. These tags or metadata provide a mechanism for differentiating and/or locating data of interest.

"In accordance with an aspect of the disclosure, a system is provided for automatically tagging data including an acquisition component and a tag component. The acquisition component obtains or acquires information concerning nearby individuals, among other things. In one embodiment, this information can be acquired directly from other devices utilizing a peer-to-peer protocol. Additionally or alternatively, the same information can be acquired from a central service via a client-service protocol. The tag component can utilize the provided information to generate tags for data to improve the searching, filtering and/or sorting experience for users.

"To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, certain illustrative aspects of the claimed subject matter are described herein in connection with the following description and the annexed drawings. These aspects are indicative of various ways in which the subject matter may be practiced, all of which are intended to be within the scope of the claimed subject matter. Other advantages and novel features may become apparent from the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the drawings."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Greenberg, Itai. Tagging Data Utilizing Nearby Device Information. U.S. Patent Number 8818422, filed August 12, 2013, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8818422.PN.&OS=PN/8818422RS=PN/8818422

Keywords for this news article include: Microsoft Corporation.

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