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4893 results about "Geolocation" patented technology

Geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object, such as a radar source, mobile phone, or Internet-connected computer terminal. In its simplest form, geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems, but its usefulness is enhanced by the use of these coordinates to determine a meaningful location, such as a street address.

Geographic based communications service

A geographic based communications service system that includes a network and a plurality of access points connected to the network and arranged at known locations in a geographic region. One or more service providers or information providers may be connected to the network to provide services or information on the network. A mobile user (MU) may use a portable computing device (PCD) to connect to the network and access information or services from the network. The PCD may be configured to transmit a signal indicating a presence of the PCD as well as identification information indicating the mobile user. Upon detection of the wireless signal by a first access point in proximity to the PCD, and upon receipt of the identification information indicating the user of the PCD, the first access point may transmit the identification information, as well as the known geographic location of the first access point, to one or more providers on the network. The known geographic location of the first access point indicates the approximate location of the PCD of the mobile user. A first information provider may receive this information and provide content information or services to the mobile user. For example, the first information provider may select content information dependent upon the known geographic location of the first access point and demographic information or past activities of the mobile user of the PCD. The first information provider may then provide the selected content information through the network and through the first access point to the PCD of the mobile user.
Owner:WAYPORT

Mobile dating system incorporating user location information

Embodiments of an mobile dating system utilizing a location-based social network manager process are described. The social network manager process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map places of interest or the respective locations of one or more other users in the network. The user specifies a personal profile that includes information relating to the user that is pertinent to the user. The user also specifies preferences relevant to the type of person and/or relationship the user would like to find. The system includes a matching process that compares the dating information for the users within the system to determine whether any matches are within a preset radius of the user. When any matches are within the proximity of a user, the system sends an alert message to the user to allow the user to initiate communication with matches within the area. The system does not provide actual identifier information for the matched users, but instead provides means that facilitate communication between the user and the matched users. If both users agree, they can enable the display of their location information on the device display of the other user.
Owner:LOOPT

Sending a communications header with voice recording to send metadata for use in speech recognition, formatting, and search in mobile search application

In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for sending a communications header with the voice recording to send metadata for use in speech recognition, formatting, and search in searching for web content on a mobile communication facility comprising capturing speech presented by a user using a resident capture facility on the mobile communication facility; transmitting a communications header to a speech recognition facility from the mobile communication facility through a wireless communications facility, wherein the communications header includes at least one of device name, network type, audio source, display parameters for the wireless communications facility, geographic location, and phone number information; transmitting at least a portion of the captured speech as data through the wireless communication facility to a speech recognition facility; generating speech-to-text results utilizing the speech recognition facility based at least in part on the information relating to the captured speech and the communications header; and transmitting text from the speech-to-text results along with URL usage information configured to enable a user to conduct a search on the mobile communication facility.
Owner:NUANCE COMM INC +1

Displaying and tagging places of interest on location-aware mobile communication devices in a local area network

InactiveUS20070281690A1Facilitate information sharingInformation formatContent conversionInformation networksDisplay device
Embodiments of a location-based social network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of location-aware mobile communication devices over a wireless network. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. The process establishes communication links between the user and the plurality of acquaintances through respective location aware mobile communication devices through a network protocol. The process facilitates the sharing information about places of interest among a plurality of users. The system stores location information for a place of interest in a region in a database along with information related to the place of interest. The location of the place of interest is displayed on each user's mobile communication device as an icon superimposed on the map shown on the display. The location of the users can be established with respect to their distance relative to a place of interest. Users can define their own places of interest as well as provide a quantitative or qualitative ranking for places of interest within a region. This information can then be shared with other users in the network.
Owner:LOOPT

Business directory search engine

A system and method for efficiently searching directory listing information to obtain more relevant results is provided. In a computer system running a computing application, it is advantageous to provide search capabilities, in the form of a search engine, to operators to assist them in their effort of retrieving desired data. The search engine may cooperate with a data store having directory listing information to provide listings data to an operator. In an illustrative implementation, this search engine may be deployed on an Internet Web site that offers business listing information. The search system may comprise a user interface to enter search query information, a data store that houses a variety of directory listing information according to a predefined data taxonomy, and a means for displaying the search results. In operation, the search engine offers a variety of search options, such as, search by business name, by business categories levels, by geographic position of the user or the business, or a combination thereof. Depending on the search query entered, the search engine will perform either a bounded search (i.e. a search bounded to a specific geographic area), a proximity search (i.e. a search proximate to a computed centroid), or a combination of the two to find the most relevant directory listings. Using the inputted search qualifiers, the search engine polls the data store according to a predefined set of rules and instructions for the relevant directory listing information. These rules are directly related to the taxonomy of the data store.
Owner:MICROSOFT TECH LICENSING LLC

Generating, recording, simulating, displaying and sharing user related real world activities, actions, events, participations, transactions, status, experience, expressions, scenes, sharing, interactions with entities and associated plurality types of data in virtual world

Systems and methods for virtual world simulations of the real-world or emulate real-life or real-life activities in virtual world or real life simulator or generating a virtual world based on real environment: host, at a server, a virtual world geography or environment that correspondences the real world geography or environment as a result, as the user continuously moves about or navigates in a range of coordinates in the real world, the user also continuously moves about in a range of coordinates in the real world map or virtual world; generate and access, by the server, a first avatar or representation, that is associated with a first user or entity in the virtual world; monitor, track and store, by the server, plurality types of data associated with user's real life or real life activities, actions, transactions, participated or participating events, current or past locations, checked-in places, participations, expressions, reactions, relations, connections, status, behaviours, sharing, communications, collaborations, interactions with various types of entities in the real world; receive, by the server, first data associated with a mobile device of the first user related to the first activity from the first geo-location co-ordinates or place; determine, by the server, one or more real world activities of the first user based on the first data; generate, record, simulate and update, by the server, virtual world based on said stored data, wherein updating a first avatar, that is associated with the first user or entity, in the virtual world; causing, by the server, a first avatar associated with the first user or entity, to engage in one or more virtual activities in the virtual world, that are at least one of the same as or sufficiently similar to or substantially similar to the determined one or more real world activities, by generating, recording, simulating, updating and displaying, by a simulation engine, simulation or a graphic user interface that presents a user a simulation of said real-life activities; and display in the virtual world, by the server, said real world activity or interacted entity or location or place or GPS co-ordinates related or associated or one or more types of user generated or provided or shared or identified contextual one or more types of contents, media, data and metadata from one or more sources including server, providers, contacts of user and users of network and external sources, databases, servers, networks, devices, websites and applications, wherein virtual world geography correspondences the real world geography. In an embodiment receiving from a user, a privacy settings, instructing to limit viewing of or sharing of said generated simulation of user's real world life or user's real world life activities to selected one or more contacts, followers, all or one or more criteria or filters specific users of network or make it as private.
Owner:RATHOD YOH
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