Stop-To-Type technology disables the keyboard on your mobile phone or PDA when the device detects movement. This eliminates the dangers associated with people weaving down sidewalks as they write novellas to friends, family and business associate on their personal electronic devices.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates generally to mobile communications equipment and common sense. More specifically, it is an improved method of communication that helps prevent innocent individuals from having to alter their on-foot transportation trajectories as a result of another party’s inability to properly combine mobility and text communication methods.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
1. The technology, once applied to all known text-capable communication devices, operates unobtrusively and automatically.
2. When device owner (forthwith: Marcus) determines that he must send an SMS or email message to his friend about nailing Doris after the Rangers game, he begins to use the device.
3. The invention determines whether Marcus is stationary (seated/standing) or mobile (walking down 6th Avenue).
4. If the invention determines that Marcus is in fact walking down 6th Avenue, it disables the keyboard. This prohibits Marcus from walking as he types his message about nailing Doris last night after the Rangers game. (Fig. A)
5. By disabling Marcus’s ability to walk and type a message about nailing Doris last night after the Rangers game, the invention allows Marcus to focus on his personal speed and trajectory. This should help prevent Marcus from careening into me and my $2.28 Starbucks venti coffee.
6. If the invention determines that Marcus is in fact stationary, the keyboard is then enabled, allowing Marcus to type his message about nailing Doris after the Rangers game. (Fig. B)
What is claimed as invention is the technology that overrides the apparent inability of electronics-bearing pedestrians to perform two simultaneous functions.
Patents for a Better Tomorrow: Stop-To-Type Technology
Many cellphones in Japan can detect movement. They do this by taking two photos with its built-in camera and comparing the two; if they’re different, the phone has moved. Currently the feature’s used mostly in games–you can tilt the handset to “roll” a ball through a maze or the like.
I say go for it, although I’d like it if StT could kick in when someone gets behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. I’ve been stuck behind lots of drivers too engrossed in text messaging to, you know, drive.
How would this device function if Marcus attempted to write the text message whilst actually nailing Doris?
[ If he was an average male, he could resume texting in three minutes. -B. ]
Could the patent be appended to include a feature that detects a cash register within 4 feet of the device, so that texting (or possibly cellphony) cannot engage until the user’s purchase is made, at which point I will hopefully be out of earshot and not have to know that his autmotive trajectory includes T.J. Maxx?
P.S.: If nailing Doris, a photo is worth a thousand words. Although is there some greater conversion rate for abbreviated message text, B?