Those wanting to sync devices in an easier manner or get more information through a simple gesture may soon have their wishes granted.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued patents for both with two of the Internet’s biggest names – Linked In and Google – each attached to the applications. Social media site LinkedIn has the syncing patent while Google’s responsible for the searching by gesturing idea.
LinkedIn’s application outlines the idea as a means to link two devices simply by placing them near one another and performing a gesture over the pair.
“An association between the first device and the second device is determined based on a comparison of the extracted features. In response to identifying the association between the first and second device, a communicative coupling,” the patent application explains.
Google’s patent is a much larger-scale notion as it could change how searches are conducted based on a person’s gesture or even direction. As the company explains in its abstract “if a person requests a search for a coffee shop, the techniques may refine the search to coffee shops in the direction that the person is walking. In the case of a gesture, the techniques may refine or base a search solely on the gesture. Thus, a search for information about a store, car, or tree can be made responsive to a gesture pointing at the store, car, or tree with or without explicit entry of a search query.”
Google explains it would use a “radar-based recognition system” to help determine a users’ gesture or direction. That system would enable pertinent information to be made available to the user immediately.