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Apparatus and methods for compiling digital communications

United States Patent 20050097081

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Marsh, Paul John (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: Apparatus for processing digital communications, comprising: input means arranged to receive input specifying an interrogation criterion; interrogation means arranged to interrogate a database of digital communications sent and/or received by a user, to produce a subset of digital communications in accordance with the interrogation criterion; and compilation means arranged to produce a compilation of the subset of digital communications, the compilation having the form of a human-readable document. Preferably the compilation has the visual appearance of a scrapbook. The digital communications may be inter alia e-mail messages, images and attachments; mobile text and picture messages; and instant messages.

Data acquisition and processing system and method

United States Patent 20030019939

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)

Abstract: A data acquisition and processing computer system (10) includes a data acquistion device, which may be a scanner (12) for acquiring data (20) relating to an audio/visual/audio-visual product (22). A network element typically a PC (14) or a server (16) contains records relating to a plurality of audio/visual/audio-visual recordings. A network connection, such as a wireless connection, (38) connects said data acquisition device (12) to said network element (14,16). A processor identifies a record that relates to said data (20) and outputs information relating to said identified record via a screen (28) or a loudspeaker (29).

Data communication system, method and personal article

United States Patent 20050007337

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Murphy, Rachel Lucy (Bristol, GB)
Bijsmans, Jeroen Geert (Taipei, TW)

Abstract: Devices exist that can access and retrieve data from the Internet. These devices use a web-browser of some form to achieve this end. To retrieve a-rid render web-pages using a web-protocol, such as, for example, HTTP or WAP, requires a relatively sophisticated client device. Such a client device requires large amounts of memory and a relatively powerful processor to run the web-browser to access data sources such as, for example, the Internet directly. However, often users are only interested in specific, small volume, data such as a current share or stock price, exchange rate or temperature, for example. Hence, using such a relatively sophisticated device as described above to achieve a relative simple aim is unsuitable. Therefore, embodiments provide a data communication system comprising data specification means for a user to specify at least one data item and preferably a number of items of data, data capture means for capturing specified at least an item of specified data from data sources and a data display device for downloading, wirelessly, at least one item of data from the data capture means, wherein the data display device is incorporated in a personal article.

Diary system

United States Patent 20040093380

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bishop Bristol, GB)

Abstract: A method of sharing diary events between electronic diaries involves a first electronic diary on a first computing device and a second electronic diary on a second computing device. A collection of diary events is formed on the first electronic diary as a representation of the first electronic diary. Sharing is accomplished by establishing communication between the first electronic diary and the second electronic diary and sending the representation of the first electronic diary from the first computing device to the second computing device for comparison with the second electronic diary.

Electronic record storage

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United States Patent 20020052888

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
O'hara, Kenton Paul Anthony (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: An electronic record storage system has a plurality of stored records. Each record includes its content (such as a word processor document, spreadsheet, or drawing) which may be changed from time to time. In addition, each record has a record identifier (such as its filename or URL) which is not normally changed when the record content is changed. The content of each record can be printed out as and when required.
In order to facilitate synchronization of the stored records and the printed records, advantage is taken of a version identifier (such as a timestamp) which is changed when the content of that record is changed. A marking (50) from which the respective record identifier (32) and version identifier (38) can be derived is included in the print (48) of the content (34) of a such record. Subsequently, a user can scan the marking on the print (preferably with a hand-held scanner) to produce marking image data. A scan-derived record identifier and scan-derived version identifier are then derived from the marking image data. The scan-derived record identifier is used to access the respective current record and obtain the respective currently-stored version identifier. The scan-derived version identifier is then compared with the currently-stored version identifier, and the result of the comparison is given to the user.
In the case where the version identifier is a timestamp, the timestamp which can be derived from the marking on the print need not be the timestamp of the record, but instead may be a timestamp indicative of the time of printing.

Electronic record storage

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United States Patent 6718351

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
O'hara, Kenton Paul Anthony (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: An electronic record storage system has plural stored changeable records including its content (e.g., a spreadsheet). Each record has a record identifier (e.g., its filename) which is not normally changed when the record content is changed. To facilitate synchronization of the stored and printed records, a version identifier (e.g., a timestamp) is changed when the content of that record is changed. The content of a such record includes marking from which the respective record identifier and version identifier are derived. A user scans the print marking to produce marking image data. A identifier and identifier are derived from the marking image data. The record identifier accesses the current record and obtains the currently-stored version identifier. The scan-derived version identifier is compared with the currently-stored version identifier. Version identifier timestamps need not be the record timestamp but can indicate printing time.

Electronic reminders

United States Patent 20030002390

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Murphy, Rachel Lucy (Bristol, GB)
Bijsmans, Jeroen Geert (Oegstgeest, NL)

Abstract: A method of reminding a user of a forthcoming event, the method being performed by a processor and comprising the steps of: (a) acquiring the time when the forthcoming event is due to occur; (b) acquiring a user-selected digital image associated with the said forthcoming event; (c) storing the digital image in a digital image storage device; and (d) displaying the said digital image before the user a predetermined time period in advance of the said time when the said forthcoming event is due to occur, in order to remind the user of the said forthcoming event.

Generating and logging reminders whilst mobile

United States Patent 20010029175

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
I'anson, Colin (Frenchay, GB)


Abstract: A mobile user wishing to quickly generate a reminder note for him/herself, does so by activating a special “reminder” function of the user's mobile phone. This results in a voice path being set up through the mobile phone infrastructure to a service system to which the user then dictates the desired reminder note. The service system puts the reminder into an e-mail and sends it through an e-mail system to a special “reminder” e-mail box of the user from where the user can subsequently collect it. In an alternative embodiment, the reminder is temporarily stored in the mobile phone before uploading, possibly over a data bearer service offered by the infrastructure. In another alternative embodiment, the reminder is converted into e-mail in the mobile phone and then sent as such to the user's reminder e-mail box without being further handled by a service system.

Hand-held image capture apparatus

United States Patent 20020067520

Brown, Barry Allen Thomas (Bristol, GB)
I'anson, Colin Stephen (Bristol, GB)
Loh, Weng Wah (Bristol, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bristol, GB)
O'hara, Kenton Paul Anthony (Bristol, GB)
Romans, Christopher Gwyn (Cleredon, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)

Abstract: An image capture apparatus (1) comprises: a combined electronic camera (2) and swipe scanner (4), the electronic camera (2) having an associated optical system (8) and detector array (12) for remote capturing of a first image (46) and the swipe scanner (4) having an associated optical system (28) and detector array (34) for swipe capturing of a second image (38); and a data storage means arranged to store the first image (46) and the second image (38) in association with each other. The electronic camera (2) may be a moderate resolution color camera, and the swipe scanner (4) may have a grey-scale detector (34) array capable of scanning an object at a higher resolution than the camera (2). A display (6) is provided so that both images (38,46) can be viewed separately in association with each other, or combined into a combination image, which has color information from the camera (2) to colorize higher resolution pixels from the scanner (4).

Hand-held image capture apparatus with scanning arrangement

United States Patent 7015969

Brown, Barry Allen Thomas (Bristol, GB)
I'anson, Colin Stephen (Bristol, GB)
Loh, Weng Wah (Bristol, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bristol, GB)
O'hara, Kenton Paul Anthony (Bristol, GB)
Romans, Christopher Gwyn (North Somerset, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)

Abstract: An image capture apparatus has a combined electronic camera and swipe scanner. The electronic camera has an optical system and detector array for remote capturing of a first image. The swipe scanner has an optical system and detector array for swipe capturing of a second image. The image capture apparatus further has a data storage arranged to store the first image and the second image in association with each other. The electronic camera may be a moderate resolution color camera, and the swipe scanner may have a grey-scale detector array capable of scanning an object at a higher resolution than the camera. A display is provided so that both images can be viewed separately in association with each other, or combined into a combination image, which has color information from the camera to colorize higher resolution pixels from the scanner.

Method and associated apparatus for providing digital rewards associated with physical products

United States Patent 20060031119

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Squibbs, Robert Francis (Bristol, GB)
Lawrence, Richard Anthony (Chipping Sodbury, GB)

Abstract: A method of providing a digital reward involves providing products with an attached digital memory. One digital content part from a set of digital content parties is downloaded to the digital memory of each such product. The digital content parts of the set together define the digital reward. The digital content parts of a set uploaded to a computing device are used by an application to make the digital reward available to a user of the computing device. The products may be collectable cards or game cards, or any consumer products.

Method and system for creating ad-hoc links from free-form ink

United States Patent 6766494

Price, Morgan N. (Palo Alto, CA)
Schilit, William N. (Menlo Park, CA)
Golovchinsky, Gene (Palo Alto, CA)
O'hara, Kenton P. A. (Cambridge, GB)
Sellen, Abigail J. (Cambridge, GB)
Mont-reynaud, Bernard M. (Mountain View, CA)

Abstract: The reading and writing system enhances free-form ink annotating and note taking by creating links between passages in response to free-form ink. The reading and writing system generates links between free-form ink anchors and also generates links between documents in different windows when a free-form ink stroke extends across window boundaries. The reading and writing system also removes a link when the free-form ink stroke representing the link is erased. The reading and writing system will display the ink anchors in a display showing all related linked anchors with their surrounding context when a corresponding link is selected.

Method of creating a subset of images from a library of images

United States Patent 20060034518
Mcdonnell, James Thomas Edward (Bristol, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)

Abstract: A method of creating a subset of images from a library of images is provided. There are a set of image prints of the images in the library and associated with each print is a memory tag with the digital data of the image stored within. The method includes the steps of locating the required images, using a reader to read the digital data of each of the images to be included in the subset from the relevant memory tags and downloading the selected subset of image data to a desired location.

Method of sending digital photographs

United States Patent 20030011682

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: A method of specifying the delivery of a digital photograph from a digital camera via a digital communications network provided with delivery means, the digital camera having a processor communicatively connectable to the digital communications network, the method comprising: supplying the processor with a digital photograph; supplying the processor with input to enable delivery coordinates for the digital photograph to be determined; supplying the processor with input specifying a delivery format in which the digital photograph is to be delivered.

Physical multimedia documents, and methods and apparatus for publishing and reading them

United States Patent 7290715

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Waters, John Deryk (Bath, GB)
Adams, Guy De Warrenne Bruce (Stroud Gloucestershire, GB)
Lawrence, Richard Anthony (S. Glos, GB)

Abstract: A published document comprises a printed document and at least one memory attached to the printed document, wherein said at least one memory comprises an electrical circuit without an integral power source but may be powered wirelessly so that it may transmit information wirelessly, wherein at least a portion of the information stored in the published document for display to the user is provided in said at least one memory. A method of viewing information in such a published document comprises viewing information printed in the printed document, powering the memory circuit with a reader device to transmit information stored in the memory circuit to the reader device wirelessly, and displaying the information stored in the memory circuit by means of the reader device for viewing by the user. An appropriate reader device and method for publishing the document are described.

Physical representational objects with digital memory and methods of manufacture and use thereof

United States Patent 20060030410

Stenton, Stuart Phillip (Berkeley, GB)
Adams, Guy De Warrenne Bruce (Stroud, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Dickin, Fraser John (Bristol, GB)
Lawrence, Richard Anthony (Chipping Sodbury, GB)
Mcdonnell, James Thomas Edward (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: A representational object contains a visual representation of a character and a memory tag comprising a digital memory adapted to be read from when inductively powered. The digital memory contains digital content relating to the character represented visually on the representational object. At least a part of the digital content relates to function of the character in a game carried out by a gaming application and comprises executable code for execution in connection with operation of the gaming application.

Projector

United States Patent 20030002016

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bristol, GB)


Abstract: A digital image projector comprising projection means, a processor arranged to process digital images, and input means, the input means being electrically coupled to the processor and operable to supply digital images to the processor without the projector needing to be connected to a personal computer, and the processor being electrically coupled to the projection means to supply digital images to the projection means, the projector being configured to enable the image being projected to be rotated and/or translated to describe a trajectory around the surface on which the image is being projected.

Remote worker's display device

United States Patent 20040088356

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Tofts, Christopher (Acton, GB)

Abstract: A device for positioning in the workplace of a worker, the device being operable, in the worker's absence from said workplace, to provide a visitor to the workplace with information specifying the remote location of the worker and to enable the visitor to communicate with the absent worker; the device comprising processing means, memory, a digital display and a user interface; the processing means being coupled to a database, the database comprising data representative of a remote location and corresponding data representative of at least one possible mode of communication between the device and the remote worker at the said remote location; the processing means being electrically coupled to the digital display and the user interface; the memory being operable to store data specifying the remote location of the worker; the digital display being operable to display information specifying the remote location of the worker; the processing means being operable to interrogate the database to obtain the possible modes of communication corresponding to the said specified remote location of the worker, and then to cause the said modes of communication to be displayed for selection by the visitor; the user interface being operable to enable a visitor to select a mode of communication; and the processing means being configured to effect communication with the worker using the selected mode of communication.

Shopping assistance method and apparatus

United States Patent 20020059266

I'anson, Colin (Bristol, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Murphy, Rachel Lucy (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: A shopping assistance method and apparatus is provided in which a shopper captures information about an item of interest and either stores it in a handheld device or sends it over a mobile radio infrastructure to a service system for storage. When the shopper returns home, the shopper either downloads the captured data to a home PC or uses the latter to access the service system. In either case, the captured data is presented to the user as a personal shopping catalogue (80) showing, by shop visited (81), the items of interest (82, 83). The captured data can then be used to retrieve additional information, for example, from the websites of the shops concerned.

Shopping assistance service

United States Patent 7069238

I'anson, Colin (Bristol, GB)
Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Murphy, Rachel Lucy (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: A shopping assistance method and service system is provided in which a shopper captures information about an item of interest (90) and sends it over a mobile radio infrastructure (10) to a service system (40). At the service system, the information is processed to identify at least the type of item of interest. A determination is also made of a location associated with the information, this location will generally be that of the store (92) where the shopper captured the information, but could also be the shopper's home location. The service system next carries out a specific task (72) relating to the identified item (90), such as obtaining comparative prices, and then provides a report back to the shopper, the contents and/or organisation of the report taking account of the location previously determined as being associated with the information.

Text processing system

United States Patent 20020062326

Sellen, Abigail Jane (Newbury, GB)
Thomas Brown, Barry Allen (Bristol, GB)
Morgan, Andrew Dudley (Bristol, GB)

Abstract: An auxiliary screen unit is provided in conjunction with a desktop personal computer, for use in connection with editing a reading operations. The auxiliary screen unit has a touch-sensitive screen and stylus by means of which a user may operate a graphical user interface to select, highlight or otherwise edit text; edits may be performed on text displayed on the computer screen in the normal way using a mouse and a graphical user interface. The auxiliary screen unit and the computer are connected directly to each other so that text selected on one screen may be imported directly onto the other screen. Such an apparatus thus provides similar functional capability to that of paper, which is still the medium of choice for formulating edits.