CA2366482A1 - System and method for signaling receipt of data on a display - Google Patents

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CA2366482A1
CA2366482A1 CA002366482A CA2366482A CA2366482A1 CA 2366482 A1 CA2366482 A1 CA 2366482A1 CA 002366482 A CA002366482 A CA 002366482A CA 2366482 A CA2366482 A CA 2366482A CA 2366482 A1 CA2366482 A1 CA 2366482A1
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Craig Mcallister
Suzanne Mcallister
Andrew Nation
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    • HELECTRICITY
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    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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    • H04L51/24Arrangements for user-to-user messaging in packet-switching networks, e.g. e-mail or instant messages with notification on incoming messages

Abstract

Continuous and automatic update and display of email and other information using a screen saver on a display vehicle, for notification of received email (602), and other information (604) to multiple users of a single computer or similar device. The system delivers regular and timely information on a scheduled, hands-free basis directly to a display including but not limited to a user's computer monitor, Web TV screen, or any other display used with an information appliance. This information is comprised of new email messages (602) and advertisements (603), having a plurality of protocols. The system is a combination of user software and server-side services to allow a computer to automatically connect providers and retrieve updates of the information to be displayed. Email notification (602) and advertising content (603) are then displayed as a screen saver or other icon (601) without end user intervention.

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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIGNALING RECEIPT OF DATA ON A DISPLAY

2 This application claims the priority of US provisional applications: 60/128,607, 60/131,429, and 60/142,998.
Technical Field The present invention pertains to a system and method for signaling receipt of data on a visual display. More specifically, the present invention pertains to an automated system and method for receiving email and other Internet 9 information and displaying a notice of receipt of that 1o information on a visual display vehicle. As such, the present 11 invention allows downloading of email and other Internet i2 information, having a variety of protocols, without the need 13 for user intervention.
14 Background of the Invention 15 There are various systems and methods for receiving email 16 and other Internet information. The process of obtaining this ~ email and other information required user intervention to 18 access the source of this information, such as an online 9 service provider, select the data to be downloaded, and then 2o repeat the process for any other email accounts a user or 21 multiple users may have.
22 S~a~ of the Invention 23 In accordance with the present invention, email and other 24 information such as advertising is continually and 25 automatically updated and displayed, using a screen saver or icon format, on a single computer screen or other display vehicle. The system is a combination of client software and 1 server-side services to allow a client computer to 2 automatically connect to an online service provider, and any 3 number of independent content providers, and retrieve data, in 4 the form of email and other information, to be displayed.
Email notifications and advertising content is then displayed 6 without end-user intervention.
The system utilizes a computer, or other similar 8 mechanism, commonly known in the art to be comprised of 9 computer processors, storage units, software configurations or l0 programs, and display vehicles. A computer processor, 11 commonly known in the art for processing data and information 12 is utilized throughout the system. Additionally, a first 13 software configuration (or program), for creating and 14 utilizing user information profiles to be used in the access of communication networks, is stored on a storage unit, one 16 example of which is a computer hard drive. The user information profiles can contain a variety of information.
18 Typically, the user information profile will contain 19 information directed towards an Internet email account, which 2o may include passwords for accessing the accounts and various 21 security preferences. The communication networks accessed can 22 be a variety of networks known in the art, one example of 23 which is the World Wide Web. Additionally, the communication 24 networks can be comprised of a variety of Internet information service providers, such as America Online (AOL). The system is capable of retrieving information that utilizes a variety of protocols, from the various service providers and 1 communication networks. A protocol is commonly known by those 2 skilled in the art as a set of standards that computers use to 3 communicate with each other and to exchange information. One 4 such example of a protocol is Post Office Protocol (or POPS).
The system also utilizes a transmission unit that is connected 6 to the communication networks. The transmission unit can be any one of a variety of units known in the art for allowing 8 computers to access the Internet, one example of which is a 9 modem. The transmission unit allows the computer to transmit information to and from the computer and the communication 11 networks, utilizing the user profile information contained in 12 the first storage unit. A second storage unit, such as a hard 13 drive or portion of a hard drive, stores any information 14 retrieved from the communication networks. A second software configuration (or program) automatically processes the 16 information stored on the storage unit into a visual format, 1~ and displays the information on a display vehicle. The 18 display vehicle can be one of any number of devices known in 19 the art for displaying information from a computer processor, examples of which are a computer monitor, a television, or 21 other similar device.
22 In the preferred embodiment, the system is preconfigured 23 by a user, or multiple users, with email account information.
24 This account information includes which service providers each account is directed to, any appropriate passwords for accessing the accounts, and the manner in which the service providers are accessed. Subsequently, the system communicates 1 with an information service provider, or if necessary 2 establishes a connection to the service providers, for 3 automated downloading of the email and other information 4 previously configured, at predetermined intervals.
Thereafter, the system displays rotating advertisements and 6 indicates whether or not any of the configured email accounts have new messages on the screen saver or icon. This 8 information is periodically updated at set intervals, so as to 9 periodically update the information displayed on the screensaver or icon.
11 In another embodiment, the system enters a screen saver 12 mode when the client computer is idle, and communicates with 13 an information service provider, or if necessary establishes a 14 connection to the service providers, for automated downloading of the email and other information previously configured.
16 This connection occurs at predetermined intervals regardless 1~ of whether the system is in a screen saver mode. Thereafter, 18 the system displays rotating advertisements and indicates 19 whether or not any of the configured email accounts have new messages on the screen saver. This information is 21 periodically updated at set intervals, so as to periodically 22 update the information displayed on the screensaver.
23 In a third embodiment, the system displays a notice of 24 new email and information as an icon, rather than a full screen saver.
In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the configuration process includes user security preferences that 1 allow a user to determine what information displayed on the 2 screensaver is accessible by other users. The security 3 preferences can include but are not necessarily limited to 4 displaying number of emails received, displaying subject fields of emails, and showing email information, wherein the 6 email information is comprised of an email sender, a subject field, and a text field.
8 Brief Description of the Drawings The present invention will be more fully appreciated by to consideration of the following detailed description which 11 should be read in light of the accompanying drawing in which:
12 FIG. 1 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the 13 process used to configure the system to receive email.
14 FIG. 2 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the process used to connect to the information service provider.
16 FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the l~ process used to retrieve email and other information from the 18 various service providers.
19 FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the overall execution of the present invention.
21 FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the 22 display cycle for displaying updated information on the 23 screensaver.
24 FIG. 6 is an example of a screen saver display that integrates the email and other information obtained from the various information service providers.

1 Detailed Description 2 Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a flow diagram 3 illustrating the configuration of the system to retrieve data 4 from the information service providers. Each block in FIG. 1 identifies the operations required of a user to provide the 6 information necessary for the present invention to perform its function of retrieving information from an information service 8 provider.
The process begins in step (101), in which a user inputs l0 email account information, comprising an email address, a user 11 name, and email server information. The email account 12 information is then stored on a local storage unit in step 13 (102). The user then inputs various security preferences and 14 passwords in step (103), which are stored on the local storage unit in step (104). The process repeats in step (105), until 16 such time as all users have entered the appropriate 1~ information, wherein the configuration process ends in step 18 (106) .
19 Referring now to FIG. 2, there is shown a flow diagram 2o illustrating the automated connection process for connection 21 to a communication network. The connection begins in step 22 (201), in which the system determines whether or not the 23 connection method is an online service. If a NO result is 24 obtained, indicating the system is not connected to the Internet by an online service connection method, the system utilizes an OS-level networking to connect to the Internet in step (202). If a YES result is obtained, indicating an online 1 service is the connection method, the system enters step (203) 2 in which a user name and password is retrieved from the 3 storage unit containing the information configured in steps 4 (101-106). The information retrieved in step (203) is then used in step (204) to use the exposed functionality of the 6 online service to connect the modem to the online service and sign on. The exposed functionality of the online service 8 provider is the means by which the online service provider 9 allows access to its system, and is well known by those 1o skilled in the art. The connection process is then completed 11 in step (205) .
12 Referring now to FIG. 3, there is shown a flow diagram 13 illustrating the automated retrieval of email and other 14 information from the communication network. The retrieval begins in step (301) where the user email information 16 previously configured in steps (101-106) is retrieved from the 1~ local storage unit described in step (102). A determination 18 is then made in step (302) as to whether or not the local 19 system is connected to the appropriate network. If the determination is N0, then the system connects to the 21 appropriate network in step (303), disconnecting from the 22 current network if necessary. If the determination is YES, 23 then the system retrieves email in step (304), from the 24 accounts configured in steps (101-106). User email security preferences, previously entered in step (103), are retrieved in step (305). A notice of information received is then displayed in step (306) based on preferences entered in step _g_ 1 (103). A determination is then made to assure all accounts 2 have been checked. If the determination is N0, then the 3 process returns to step (301) until all accounts have been 4 checked. If the determination is YES, the retrieval process ends in step (308) .
Referring now to FIG 4.; there is shown a flow diagram illustrating one embodiment of the process for providing 8 notice of receipt of new email and other information. The 9 process begins when a determination is made in step (401) as l0 to the completion of an update interval since the last content 11 update, wherein the content is data retrieved by the system 12 from the information service providers. An update interval is 13 a predetermined time interval that defines a time span in 14 which the system is not retrieving data. When that time span has expired, the system repeats the necessary steps for 16 retrieving data by communicating with the information service ~ providers. The length of the time interval may be 18 preconfigured into the software itself during manufacture, or 19 set by the user. If the determination made in step (401) is 2o N0, a further determination is made in step (402) as to 21 whether the screen saver mode is enabled. If the 22 determination of step (402) is NO, the system enters step 23 (404), wherein the system waits until one complete interval 24 has passed before connecting to an online service provider or ISP in step (405). If the determination of step (402) is YES, the display cycle is reset in step (403), until such time as one complete interval has passed in step (404).

If the determination made in step (401) is YES, a 2 connection is made in step (405) to an online service using OS
3 networking or online service providers, as described in steps 4 (201-205). Promotional information, such as advertisements, news, weather, sports, or financial information, are then 6 retrieved in step (406), which are then stored in the local storage unit for use between updates in step (407). All email 8 accounts are then checked for new messages in step (408), as 9 described in steps (301-308). A determination is then made in 1o step (409), as to whether any new messages are on the email 11 server. If the determination is N0, then another 12 determination is made in step (402) as to whether the screen 13 saver mode is enabled. If the determination of step (409) is 14 YES, the new messages are appended to a local inbox of the email account in step (410). The system then disconnects from 16 the online service provider in step (411).
Referring now to FIG. 5, there is shown a flow diagram 18 illustrating the cycle for displaying notice of received email 19 and information. The cycle begins in step (501) wherein inbox 2o icons for appropriate email accounts are updated according to 21 information received in steps (301-308). The icons are 22 automatically updated by utilizing an appropriate program 23 segment, or software configuration. Static of the display 24 features, such as advertising banners, are initialized in step (502). The static features of the display are those features that do not change between update intervals, and can include information such as advertising banners or other information.

1 A consecutive advertisement and display effect is selected in 2 step (503), which is subsequently displayed on the display 3 vehicle in step (504). The system waits, in step (505) until 4 one complete interval has passed, described in steps (401-411), at which time step (506) repeats steps (503-505).
Referring now to FIG. 6, there is shown an example of one embodiment of the screen saver display which integrates notice $ of email messages received (602), advertisements (603), and 9 other information (604). As shown, various email accounts are l0 shown as icons (601), which further comprise indications of 11 user accounts (605) and recipients of email (606).
12 Various modifications and adaptations of the present 13 invention will be apparent to persons skilled in the art. For 14 example, variations as to the information displayed indicating notice of received email can be made, to include the sender of 16 email and the subject matter of the email. Additionally, the 1~ physical appearance of the icons presented in the screen saver 18 may vary according to user preference. Accordingly, it is 19 intended that the invention be limited only by the appended claims .

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1. (Amended) A client data processing system for signaling receipt of data on a display, comprising:
(a) a client computer having a computer processor;
(b) a first client computer software configuration providing a plurality of user information profiles for accessing one or more email accounts over a communication network, wherein each of said user profiles includes a pre-selected security preference;
(c) a first client computer storage unit for storing said user information profiles;
(d) a client computer transmission unit connected to said communication network for automated transmittal of data directly from said communication network according to said user information profiles;
(e) a second client computer storage unit for storing said data;
(f) a second client computer software configuration for automated processing of said data into a visual format, wherein said visual format comprises an icon indicating the receipt and number of new emails for each said user profile; and (g) a display vehicle for displaying said visual format.
2. The data processing system of claim 1 wherein said profile contains preferences for accessing said communication network, said preferences comprised of a user Internet account information, a user password, and a user security preference.
3. The data processing system of claim 1 wherein said data is transmitted by a plurality of Internet protocols.
4. The data processing system of claim 1 wherein said software configuration includes designation of an event upon whose occurrence said user information profile is to be transmitted to said communication network to retrieve said data.
5. The data processing system of claim 4 wherein said event is a prescribed time interval.
6. The data processing system of claim 1 wherein said visual display format is a screen saver having a plurality of icons signaling receipt of data.
7. The data processing system of claim 1 wherein said automated transmission unit connects to the communication network after a prescribed time interval has passed and thereafter disconnects after said data is retrieved.
8. (Amended) A system for signaling receipt of data on a visual display vehicle, comprising;
(a) a first client program segment for configuring a plurality of user profiles, each profile comprising a user Internet account information, a user password, and a user security preference to retrieve data from at least one information source;
(b) a second client program segment for automated retrieval of data directly from an Internet communication network utilizing a plurality of Internet protocols;
(c) a third client program segment for automated storage of said data; and (d) a fourth client program segment for automated display of said users email account data on a display cycle.
9. The system of claim 8 wherein said email account utilizes at least one internet protocol comprised of a POP3 protocol or other email protocols.
10. The system of claim 8 wherein said data is comprised of one or more of email, advertisements, news, sports, weather, and financial information.
11. The system of claim 10 wherein a portion of said email is selectively displayed according to a prescribed user profile.
12. The system of claim 11 wherein said user profile is comprised of a user password and a user security preference.
13. The system of claim 12 wherein said user security preference is comprised of displaying number of emails received, displaying subject fields of emails, and showing email information, said email information comprised of an email sender, an email recipient, a subject field, and a text field.
14. The system of claim 8 wherein said data is displayed as a screen saver having a plurality of icons that correspond to said email accounts, said icons displaying the number of emails received into said email accounts.
15. The system of claim 8 wherein said data is displayed as an icon indicating receipt of new email.
16. The system of claim 8 wherein said display cycle updates static features of the display at a predetermined interval, said static features comprising icons indicating receipt of email.
17. The system of claim 8 wherein said second program segment automatically connects to said internet communication network, retrieves said data, and thereafter disconnects from said internet communication network.
18. The system of claim 8 wherein said Internet communication network is comprised of a telephone network, an online service network, and an OS-level network.
19. (Amended) A method for operating a personal computer having a visual display, comprising the steps of:
(a) configuring the personal computer with email profiles, each containing a user internet account information, a user password, and a user security preference, for a plurality of users;
(b) automatically connecting the personal computer to at least one internet information source;
(c) automatically retrieving user email for said users from said internet information sources;
(d) storing user email retrieved from said internet information sources on a storage device;
and (e) displaying a notice of the receipt and number of emails for each email account for all users on a visual display.
20. The method of claim 19 wherein said email profile is stored on a local storage device and is comprised of at least one email account, a user security preference and a user password.
21. The method of claim 20 wherein said security preference is comprised of displaying email information, displaying number of messages, and displaying subject fields, said email information comprised of an email sender, an email recipient, a subject field, and a text field.
22. The method of claim 19 wherein connection to said internet information source is automated and set to connect at prescribed intervals, retrieve emails, store emails on said storage device, and subsequently disconnect upon completion of transfer of emails.
23. The method of claim 19 wherein said notice of received email is displayed as a screen saver having a plurality of icons that correspond to said plurality of email accounts, said icons displaying the number of emails received into said email accounts.
24. The method of claim 23 wherein said notice is displayed as said screen saver after a predetermined time of user inactivity has passed.
25. The method of claim 19 wherein said notice of received email is displayed as an icon indicating the number of emails received by said user.
26. The method of claim 19 further comprising the step of retrieving one or more of advertising banners, news, sports, weather, and financial information from said internet information source.
27. A client data processing system for signaling receipt of data on a display, comprising:
(a) a client computer having a computer processor;
(b) a first client software configuration having a plurality of user information profiles, each for accessing one or more email accounts and each having a pre-selected security preference, over a communication network;
(c) a first client computer storage unit for storing said user information profiles;
(d) a client computer transmission unit for directly connecting to said communication network for automated transmittal of data directly from said communication network according to said user information profiles, wherein said transmission unit periodically connects to the communications network while said client computer is in both active and inactive states;
(e) a second client computer storage unit for storing said data;
(f) a second client software configuration for automated processing of said data into a visual format, wherein said visual format is a static icon indicating receipt and number of new emails from said email accounts of said plurality of user profiles; and (g) a display vehicle for displaying said visual format while said client computer is in both active and inactive states.
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