Microsoft patents technique to make Windows Phones smarter for Theatres



On January 13th a patent for Microsoft has been granted which is about the “Inconspicuous” Mode for Windows Phone, enabling this mode, will allow the device to be able to automatically set the right display brightness, mute the sounds of your device and show reduced information on your Lockscreen every time you are entering a theater or a cinema to watch a movie or if you about to go to sleep. The great thing about this feature is that the user does not have to do anything, the device will automatically detect if you are entering a cinema or something similar via various sensors, like the GPS Sensor for example.

With the introduction of Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone, the operating system from Microsoft is doing something similar already with flights. With the “Inconspicuous” Mode, which will probably be build in also in Cortana, the device is looking in your online purchase history to see if you have bought some tickets for theater performances or for a visit at the cinema. Furthermore it will also have a detailed look at your calendar appointments to now if something is planned which would require this Mode. Tough if your Windows Phone misses an event you can also turn on “Inconspicuous” Mode manually.


To be honest “Inconspicuous” Mode sounds a bit like the Quiet Hours feature which we have already got, but it would be great if Microsoft expands the Quiet Hours Feature with some additional functions of this patented Mode. Let me know what you think of this new patent below in comments, maybe we will se this on 21st already when Windows 10 for phone gets introduced.

Source: US Patents Office via TheNextWeb