Switchboard Visual Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
In the past 20 years, the manner in how people shop for their items of daily use has drastically changed. E-commerce now accounts for nearly all types of merchandise. Before you could only buy these products at a physical location. The internet has made commerce accessible from anywhere with a smartphone. It allows for price transparency and quality transparency in addition to efficiency and speed, as well as the capacity to meet the needs of customers with long-tails.
There is a massive change in the way that people and devices interact with each and each other. A prime example of this is the change in how service providers interact with and communicate with clients within the $8 trillion sector of services. This shift is triggered by factors similar to those that prompted the rise of e-commerce such as: expectations of customers being able do everything from anywhere; modern technologies that allow customers to discover service providers from across the globe; and the factors that limit physical and geographical mobility.
Recently there has been substantial increase in the use of streaming video platforms such as YouTube, Coursera, and other. While these platforms can be utilized to provide asynchronous entertainment and communication however, they do not have the capabilities of real-time interaction that most remote users require.
Video conferencing tools are being quickly adopted to provide services like group fitness, music lessons and physical therapy. Tools for video conferencing that are synchronous such as Zoom, Skype, WebEx and GoogleMeet could be sufficient for presenting conversations and documents such as spreadsheets and presentations. These tools aren’t designed to replace meetings in person. They are not interactive personalization, as well as the ability to have a pre- and post-session experience which may be needed by service providers or clients as well as participants who are looking for remote experiences.
For at least these reasons it is desirable to offer systems and methods that allow participants to participate in collaborative, interactive sessions even if the participants are physically remote.
This invention demonstrates the method of providing remote interactive experiences via the use of a digital platform. This could include receiving instructions from the host device to set up the virtual room. The virtual room can be set up to allow access to several devices. This method can also include the host device receiving a command. It is preferred that the present command is a signal to the plethora of devices participating to participate in the presentation of (i.e. to view–a virtualroom conducted by the host device.
The method may display a picture in the display of every participant’s device upon the request. The canvas may contain a graphical representation that is customizable. The instructions of the host device could guide the configuration of the canvas.
Instructions can include an inventory of interaction applications which can be added to the canvas. The interaction apps can be chosen from a list of apps for interaction.
The one or more participant devices can be associated with a certain level of access to the interaction applications. The access level could be determined at least in part on the directions. A set of rules may be utilized to determine which interaction applications each device participant is authorized to control , and which permissions the plurality can allow to modify the interaction application.
Each of the many interaction apps can have the coordinated window. The coordinated window could be enabled, on the various devices of participants with the present command. A layout and content could be used to trigger the coordinated window. The layout may include a size, shape, and a screen’s position. The layout can show words or images within the window.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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