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Visual representation of contact location

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Title: Visual representation of contact location.
Abstract: A method for visually representing information on a display of a portable electronic device includes receiving location coordinates from at least one other portable electronic device, plotting a visual identifier on a map and displaying the map on the display of the portable electronic device. The position of the visual identifier corresponds to the location coordinates received from the at least one other portable electronic device, which correspond to an actual location of the at least one other portable electronic device. The appearance of the visual identifier is selected to depict the status of the user of the at least one other portable electronic device. ...


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Inventors: Gerhard Dietrich KLASSEN, Shaul S. WISEBOURT, Samer FAHMY
USPTO Applicaton #: #20110069062 - Class: 345418 (USPTO) - 03/24/11 - Class 345 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20110069062, Visual representation of contact location.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/346,280 filed Feb. 3, 2006, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material which is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by any one of the patent document or patent disclosure, as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever.

FIELD

The present specification relates to a mapping application, in particular, a mapping application for visually representing location information.

BACKGROUND

Mapping software is widely used to provide a user with a visual location on a map that corresponds to a street address. MapQuest and Google each offer free access to their mapping software over the internet. In addition to using the mapping software to plot various addresses, it is also known to integrate the mapping software into other applications. One example of this is a real estate application in which multiple identifiers are plotted on a map of a particular city. In this case, each identifier visually represents a property that is for sale or for rent. By selecting an identifier, additional information about the property may be displayed, including contact information for the real estate agent associated with that property.

There are many applications that may be suitable for integration with mapping software. In each case, however, the plotted item is limited to being a building, a tourist attraction or a restaurant, for example. It is therefore desirable to plot the location of a movable item whose location may change over time.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The specification will be better understood with reference to the following Figures in which:

FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram of a communication system for a portable electronic device according to an embodiment;

FIG. 2 is a functional block diagram of certain components the portable electronic device of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 3 is a front view of a display of the portable electronic device of FIG. 2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring to FIG. 1, a functional block diagram of a communication system 10 and a portable electronic device 12 is generally shown. The portable electronic device 12 and the communication system 10 are operable to effect communications over a radio communications channel therebetween.

For the purpose of illustration, the communication system 10 is functionally represented in FIG. 1 and includes a base station 14. Base station 14 defines a coverage area, or cell 16 within which communications between the base station 14 and the portable electronic device 12 can be effected. It will be appreciated that the portable electronic device 12 is movable within cell 16 and can be moved to coverage areas defined by other cells, including those that are not illustrated in the present example.

The base station 14 is part of a wireless network and infrastructure 18 that provides a link to the portable electronic device 12. The wireless network and infrastructure 18 includes additional base stations (not shown) that provide the other cells referred to above. Data is delivered to the portable electronic device 12 via wireless transmission from base station 14. Similarly, data is sent from the portable electronic device 12 via wireless transmission to the base stations 14.

Wireless networks and infrastructures include, for example, data-centric wireless networks, voice-centric wireless networks, or dual-mode wireless networks. For the purpose of the present exemplary embodiment, the wireless network and infrastructure 18 includes a dual-mode wireless network that supports both voice and data communications over the same physical base stations.

The communication system 10 further includes a relay device 20 that is connected to the wireless network and infrastructure 18 and to a server 22. It will be understood that the functions provided by the relay device 20 and the server 22 can be embodied in the same device. The server 22 is also connected to an administration server 24, as shown. The administration server 24 provides administrative services to and control over the server 22.

The server 22 is also functionally coupled through a connector 26 to a backup/restore database 28. Other connectors and databases can be provided, for example, for synchronization purposes. The connector 26 receives commands from the server 22. It will be understood that the connector 26 is a functional component and can be provided by way of an application on the server 22. The backup/restore database 28 is used for storing data records, including, for example, copies of Short Message Service (SMS) or Personal Identification Number (PIN) messages sent from the portable electronic device 12.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20110069062 A1
Publish Date
03/24/2011
Document #
12954727
File Date
11/26/2010
USPTO Class
345418
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06T1/00
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