Windows Mobile Smartphone: While true that smartphones are extremely convenient at times, there is no denying that this technology can become a nuisance in some situations. For this reason, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has filed a United States Patent application with the title – Inconspicuous Mode for Mobile Devices.
Generally speaking, Microsoft Corporation is working on technology that can reduce the noise and brightness of smartphones while in public to avoid bothering others.
Here is the Abstract portion of the patent:
“A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or conspicuous to individuals than in the normal mode of operation. The device may enter the inconspicuous mode upon user request or by detecting at least one environmental condition using a sensor available to the mobile communication device. The environmental condition may be anything that the device can detect or sense in its surrounding environment such as ambient light or sound. The device may return to the normal mode of operation by user request or when the environmental condition is no longer present.”
While many may think that putting their smartphone on silent is “good enough,” this is not always the case. To back up this claim, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) included some generic examples in its patent application: