This paper describes use of a method which "uses less power-intensive sensors such as an accelerometer to suppress unnecessary GPS sensing when the user is in static state."
This paper dates back to June of 2010.
This paper entitled "Energy-efficient rate-adaptive GPS-based positioning for smartphones" describes using an accelerometer as part of a blended approach to determining when to turn a GPS receiver on and off for power efficiency.
Key quote from section 3.1:
To achieve this goal, RAPS uses a collection of techniques to
cleverly determine when to turn on ...
Well, I can't write a perfect answer, but hopefully this is enough for people to get started:
AIM could display status and selectively block it as far back as 2004.
Not specifically in a phone, but the Delorme handheld GPS (released in 2010) uses the accelerometer to sense when the device is not in motion and can disable the GPS to save battery life.
This may be useful, year 2007:
A power saving device for a GPS device is to utilize acceleration of gravity sensor to continue detecting the acceleration variation of the GPS device; if an acceleration value is larger than a threshold value, a GPS signal receiver is then started; if the acceleration value is ...
We applied for a very similar patent and our attorney flagged up this one:
filed in March 08
Claim 1 applies to this patent application:
"A method, comprising:
detecting motion of a device in response to receipt of a signal from a first sensor disposed in said device; and
changing a power state of a second sensor,...
I think I just earned myself some extra credit.
Publication number US8489994 B2
Publication type Grant
Application number US 10/580,800
PCT number PCT/AU2004/001673
Publication date 16 Jul 2013
Filing date 29 Nov 2004
Priority date 27 Nov 2003
Inventors Christine Satchell
Original Assignee Smart Internet Technology Crc Pty Ltd.
FIELD OF THE ...
Found this (1) text on this site: http://www.it.iastate.edu/services/lync/training
Can't find a start date however, and it is not for a mobile device.
How do I use the presence function in OCS?
OCS Presence displays the availability of remote OCS users. You can decide whether to initiate communication with someone via email, voice, IM, video, desktop ...
I can't say whether or not the invention is novel or non-obvious, but from Public Pair it seems the point of differentiation over the prior art the Examiner found was in the actuator and in particular how the actuator was attached to the respective connector.
College solar car race teams used maximum power tracking back in the nineties. I don't know too much about it since the team disbanded as joined in 2001-2002, but the website has been preserved.
And the EE Faculty Adviser, Marc Herniter, who taught maximum power tracking is still there.
Regarding your first point, consider this document; seems state of the art: http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/bq24650.pdf
There are other Controllers that should accept both adapter and solar power. The combination of two different ways of power transmission in one chip for electronic devices isn't new, it's integrated in most charge-controllers for ...
http://www.google.ca/patents/US8281169 is even broader and has a priority date of 27 Aug 2008. Remove mobile and it would describe just about any OS with the ability to shut down or change priorities of running programs.
Is moving functionality to a mobile device (laptop, phone, gps, e-book reader etc.) enough to warrant a new patent on industry best ...
In the following reference;
Crocker, P., & Walters, M. (2011). Enable location-aware event
processing with WebSphere business events. IBM Business Process
Management Journal, January 20, 2011 (Issue 3.1), Retrieved from
Example 3 is very similar to the claim; ...
This is just location based advertising (LBA), and people have been doing it and debating the ethics of it for years. There are gobs of papers discussing the idea, many from the 2007 time frame.
Patent application US20020046084 - Remotely configurable multimedia entertainment and information system with location based advertising filed in 1999 describes ...
ProPay's Link (formerly known as Zumogo) does this. Their press release in Feb 2011 outlines some of this:
But their initial launch during Sundance 2011 (January 2011) had stores available at vendors sorted by distance from the current user.
Foursquare does this, and here's a mention of it from March of 2011.
This blog post may not be ideal evidence as it doesn't specifically mention the location-based facet of their promotions. Here's one from 2010 that mentions Foursquare as well as ShopAlerts, and has more technical details about how it works.
GPS devices have for years (and are required by law) to turn themselves off if they are going too fast. This is to prevent them from being used on missiles.
Here is a link from 2011: http://brokensecrets.com/2011/08/20/your-gps-will-disable-itself-if-its-going-too-fast/