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Smartphone-based methods and systems

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Smartphone-based methods and systems

Arrangements involving portable devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) are disclosed. One arrangement enables a content creator to select software with which that creator's content should be rendered—assuring continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another utilizes a device camera to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in connection with shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
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Inventor: Tony F. Rodriguez
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120284593 - Class: 715201 (USPTO) - 11/08/12 - Class 715 

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120284593, Smartphone-based methods and systems.

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This application is a division of application Ser. No. 13/299,140, filed Nov. 17, 2011, which is a continuation-in-part of international application PCT/US11/59412, filed Nov. 4, 2011 (published as WO2012061760), which claims priority to the following provisional applications: 61/410,217, filed Nov. 4, 2010; 61/449,529, filed Mar. 4, 2011; 61/467,862, filed Mar. 25, 2011; 61/471,651, filed Apr. 4, 2011; 61/479,323, filed Apr. 26, 2011; 61/483,555, filed May 6, 2011; 61/485,888, filed May 13, 2011; 61/501,602, filed Jun. 27, 2011; and which also is a continuation-in-part of each of the following applications: 13/174,258, filed Jun. 30, 2011; 13/207,841, filed Aug. 11, 2011 (published as 20120116559); and 13/278,949, filed Oct. 21, 2011 (published as 20120134548).

The disclosures of these applications are incorporated herein by reference, in their entireties.


The present technology generally primarily concerns sensor-equipped consumer electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.


The present specification details a diversity of technologies, assembled over an extended period of time, to serve a variety of different objectives. Yet they relate together in various ways, and often can be used in conjunction, and so are presented collectively in this single document.

This varied, interrelated subject matter does not lend itself to a straightforward presentation. Thus, the reader\'s indulgence is solicited as this narrative occasionally proceeds in nonlinear fashion among the assorted topics and technologies.

The detailed technology builds on work detailed in previous U.S. patent filings. These include applications:

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