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Apparatus and method for enhancing the utilization of distance measuring devices
Published
  • Year: 2006
DOI
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    Abstract
    Systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing the utilization of distance measuring devices using electronic communication devices. A route(s) presentable via a map or map segment may be presented via a mobile device. A distance walked, jogged, or otherwise traveled by a user of the mobile device can be determined using a distance measuring device, such as a step counter. The resulting distance traveled is associated with the presented route to indicate an approximate location of the user on the presented route. The route may be any imaginary or virtual route, whereby the user's actual distance traveled on his/her actual route is depicted on the map/map segment as traveling on the virtual route. Communication tools allow data to be obtained, messages to be communicated, and other services to be performed at certain times and/or in connection with reached locations along the route.
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    Jeffrey W. Pettiross10
    Estimated H-index: 10
    (Microsoft),
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    Estimated H-index: 7
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    Estimated H-index: 9
    (Microsoft)
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    John J. King10
    Estimated H-index: 10
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    Christina J. King10
    Estimated H-index: 10
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    Mark J. Vogt1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An electronic device (10) comprising a location determining component (12), such as a global positioning system (“GPS”) device, a pedometer (14), and a computing device (16) is operable to determine a distance traveled by a user. The pedometer (14) is operable to sense a step taken by the user, and the location determining component (12), when accessible, is operable to determine a distance between two positions and supply such information to the computing device (16) for continuous calculation ...
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    Masakuni Tsuge6
    Estimated H-index: 6
    (Honda)
    The invention provides a navigation apparatus and a navigation server capable of providing information to the user enabling comparison between a route that the user is actually traveling and a different route. According to a car navigation apparatus 200, a route setup unit 230 sets up plural routes. An actual route recognition unit 231 recognizes an “actual route” of the vehicle M. Further, a virtual route recognition unit 232 recognizes a “virtual route” that differs from the actual route. More...
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    Yoshio Matsuoka2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    ,
    Akito Yamamoto2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    A portable position detector is equipped with a pedometer, a geomagnetic sensor, and an acceleration sensor. With the pedometer, the moved distance of a walker is detected by a calculation of “the number of steps×the length of a step”. With the walking time per step detected with the acceleration sensor, the length of a step is corrected so that it corresponds to the walking state. The moved direction of the walker is detected with the geomagnetic sensor. With this, the moved position of the wal...
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    Matthew C. Burch3
    Estimated H-index: 3
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    Benjamin Jones2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    Systems, devices and methods are provided to integrate navigation data, such as GPS navigation data, with Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) expense reporting functions to flexibly, accurately and efficiently determine travel distances for expense reports. One aspect provided herein is a method of using a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to provide travel expenses for an expense report. Navigation data is used to determine a travel distance, which is associated with a PDA expense report entry. In ...
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    Amanda S. Brooks1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    Systems, methods, and device are provided for generating a route based on a distance. One method embodiment includes program instructions which execute to receive a distance input and to generate a route based on the distance input.
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    Charles Whipple Case2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    ,
    Jason P. Martin2
    Estimated H-index: 2
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    Estimated H-index: 2
    (Adidas),
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    Estimated H-index: 2
    (Adidas),
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    Estimated H-index: 9
    (Adidas)
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Mun-seok Kim3
    Estimated H-index: 3
    (Samsung),
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    Estimated H-index: 3
    (Samsung)
    An apparatus and a method for providing road data in mobile communication system are provided. The apparatus includes a controller for receiving location information from a terminal having no map data, for mapping a location of the terminal to a map, for generating guide information for the location of the terminal, and for transmitting the guide information to the terminal.
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    Jason Britton2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    (Kyocera)
    A method and apparatus for computing routes and distances on displayable, computerized maps are disclosed. The apparatus includes a user interface ( 106 ) configured to detect a first user touch on a touchscreen ( 104 ) indicating a starting point ( 304 ) on a map displayed on the touchscreen ( 104 ). The user interface ( 106 ) also detects a second user touch on the touchscreen ( 104 ) tracing an approximate route ( 306 ) on the map between the starting point ( 304 ) and an end-point ( 308 ), a...
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    Xi-mei Huang1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A global positioning system pedometer assists and guides users to plan an appropriate exercise path and control their exercise conditions, comprising a mode setting unit, a path generating unit, a processing unit, a display unit and a sensing unit installed in the processing unit. Wherein, the path generating unit generates an exercise path based on an exercise mode set by the mode setting unit, a start location and an end location and calculates a total distance of the exercise path. The total ...
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    Steven Hoard Vollum1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An environmental evaluation device and system enables determination of the ambit and orientation of an environment and the favorability of the environment for an individual according to principles of feng shui.
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    Kevin Fahrner3
    Estimated H-index: 3
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    Leslie Levitt3
    Estimated H-index: 3
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    Pablo Echavarria3
    Estimated H-index: 3
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    Shekhar Gupta1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A Global Positioning System (GPS) device and method for communicating data from a telecommunications device to a GPS device includes establishing a communications link between a telecommunications device and a GPS device. Message data may be received from the telecommunications device by the GPS device via the communications link. Message data may be displayed by the GPS device. GPS input data may be selected from the displayed message data. Directions may be calculated based on the selected GPS...
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    Jonathan C. Burrell8
    Estimated H-index: 8
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    David Lammers-Meis8
    Estimated H-index: 8
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    Donald J. Bowen7
    Estimated H-index: 7
    (AT&T),
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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    David L. Bednar10
    Estimated H-index: 10
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    Estimated H-index: 7
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    Estimated H-index: 1
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