As long as RIM keeps these new patents coming, we’ll keep posting about them, but it would be nice to see a new device or two, not just minor upgrades. Oh well, here we go:
Patent #20060172745 looks to be an improvement on the light-sensing LCD screens found in the BlackBerry 7130 and 8700. Future BlackBerrys will have their backlighting adjust itself based upon geographical position and weather conditions.
Another location-based patent, #20060172720 will direct your BlackBerry’s emergency calls based upon your location (for example, directing your emergency call to the proper authorities if you’re in a country that doesn’t use ‘911’ for emergency calls).
With these new patents, there shouldn’t be doubt in anyone’s mind that the new BlackBerrys will feature GPS or some form of LBS. Check the PDFs and read the abstracts after the jump.
The present invention provides a method and system for controlling an illuminating device on a mobile electronic device comprising determining in a global position of the device in real-time, determining a state of at least one light condition currently affecting ambient light at the global position and adjusting the intensity of the illuminating device in response to the state of the at least one light condition. Light conditions include weather conditions and a position of the sun at a particular global position. A mobile electronic device having a geographically dependent illuminating device is also provided.
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A method for the selection of an emergency number in a mobile station having a geographic indicator, the method comprising the steps of: a. determining whether a user is attempting to reach an emergency service provider, the determining step comparing only a dial string entered by the user with a list of emergency numbers stored in the memory of the mobile station and determining that the user is attempting to reach an emergency service if the dial string entered by the user is among the stored list of emergency numbers; and b. if it is determined that the user is attempting to reach an emergency service provider, i. connecting to a network if the mobile station is not already connected to a network; ii. looking up an emergency dial string in a look-up table based on the geographic indicator and the network connected to; and iii. using the emergency dial string to call the emergency service provider.
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