(19)
(11)EP 3 671 483 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
24.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/26

(21)Application number: 18214018.6

(22)Date of filing:  19.12.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
G06F 16/44  (2019.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
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Designated Extension States:
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Designated Validation States:
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(71)Applicants:
  • AUDI AG
    85045 Ingolstadt (DE)
  • LG Electronics Inc.
    Youngdungpo-gu Seoul 150-721 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • KANG, Seung mo
    Seocho-gu Seoul (KR)
  • PARK, Sungjun
    Seocho-gu Seoul (KR)
  • OH, Jiwon
    Gangseo-gu Seoul (KR)
  • LOTTES, Daniel
    93346 Ihrlerstein (DE)
  • WALL, Christian
    85122 Hitzhofen (DE)

(74)Representative: Hofstetter, Schurack & Partner 
Patent- und Rechtsanwaltskanzlei PartG mbB Balanstrasse 57
81541 München
81541 München (DE)

  


(54)A METHOD AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR RECEIVING, MANAGING AND OUTPUTTING A PLURALITY OF USER-RELATED DATA FILES OF DIFFERENT DATA TYPES ON A USER-INTERFACE OF A DEVICE AND A DEVICE FOR STORAGE AND OPERATION OF THE COMPUTER PROGRAM


(57) The invention is concerned with a method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files (V1 to F2) of different data types on a user-interface (11) of a device (12). Each of the user-related data files (V1 to F2) is managed into one of at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) on a basis of at least one predefined criterion. The at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) comprises a respective predefined group output characteristic associated to a physical position of the device or a particular instant of time.The outputting of a user-related data file (V1 to F2), the associated data group (G1, G2, G3) is selected based on the respective predefined group output characteristic on one side and on a physical environment (Q1, Q2, R1, R2) on the other side.




Description


[0001] The invention is concerned with a method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data types on a user-interface of a device. The invention also provides a computer program for performing the method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data types. Finally, the invention is also concerned with a device for storage and operation of the computer program performing method.

[0002] In case of an electronic device such as a smartphone a wide variety of distinct information of various kinds is made available. However, it is difficult for a user to view all the individual contents at a given time on the smartphone display panel. Furthermore, the limited time frame makes it difficult for the user to view all the individual contents of the distinct information. Moreover it is difficult to differentiate between the important parts or rather relevant parts of the distinct information from the unimportant ones. Since, it is impossible, to assign which content is to be read and/or viewed and/or listened by the user at a given time or at a given location.

[0003] Document EP 2 317 706 A2 discloses a communication system comprising a device for storing and playing back as a voice file, where a recording device or a playback device for a voice file, and a memory for storing the voice file are provided. Another playback device is provided for audio output for the voice file. However, no means for sorting and arranging different voice files is disclosed.

[0004] Document DE 39 25 057 A1 discloses a reproduction device which serves to reproduce a location dependent information in a vehicle which is not track bound, the information is produced by comparison of navigationally determined data with data available in a stored road map. The reproduction of the selected information is enabled by storing specific trigger points on the road, which, when passed, initiate the output of special information. However, no means for sorting and arranging different data files is disclosed.

[0005] Document DE 10 2006 003 363 A1 discloses a method and an arrangement for a location dependent output of data via mobile terminals and a corresponding computer program and a corresponding computer readable storage medium, which can be used in particular as tourist information system in individual city tours. For this purpose, an arrangement for the location dependent output of data by mobile terminals is proposed, wherein the mobile terminal comprises a data processing device, means for data input and output, means for data storage and a unit for determining the position of the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal is further characterized in that it further comprises a unit for determining the orientation of the mobile terminal. However, no means for sorting and arranging different data files is disclosed.

[0006] It is an object of the present invention to provide an efficient method for receiving, managing, and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data types on a user-interface of a device.

[0007] The object is accomplished by the subject matter of the independent claims. Advantageous developments with convenient and non-trivial further embodiments of the invention are specified in the following description, the dependent claims and the figures.

[0008] The invention provides a method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data types on a user-interface of the device. The plurality of user-related data files of different types may include telephone calls as voicemails, E-mails, information related to news, weather reports, information related to stock exchange, video information and/or audio information, such as songs from a playlist of an entertainment system and/or from internet. Furthermore, the user-related data files may be of different data volume. Each of the respective user-related data file is received from at least one of a plurality of server computing units depending on the data type of the respective user-related data file. In other words, a user-related data file of a particular data type can be received from a corresponding server computing unit or a plurality of several computing units. For example, a user-related data file corresponding to an E-Mail may be received from a particular E-Mail server computing unit or a plurality of different E-Mail server computing units. Similarly, information related news, such as text information comprising news related to may be politics and/or sport and/or entertainment, can be received from a particular server computing unit related to a news agency or a plurality of server computing units of different news agencies. For example, information related to politics can be received from a server computing unit of a particular news agency related to politics, information of news related to entertainment can be received from a server computing unit related to an entertainment news agency and/or the information related to sports can be received from a server computing to a sports news agency. Furthermore, the user-related data files corresponding to information related news received from a particular server computing unit may be of a single data type or of different data types, such as the information of news can be in form of a text format and/or a video format and/or an audio format.

[0009] According to the invention, each user-related data file for the plurality of the user-related data files is managed into one of at least data group on a basis of at least one predefined criterion. In other words, different user-related data files may be selected and the said selected different user-related data files may be sorted or managed into different groups, for example by a user, on the basis of the user's predefined preferences. For example, the user-related data files of one data type may be in form of E-Mails, wherein one set of E-Mails may be office E-Mails which may be received from an office server computing unit and another set of E-Mails may be private E-Mails which may be received from a private server computing unit or a plurality of private server computing units. Furthermore, the user-related data file may be of a second data type, such as an audio data file which may be received from a music server computing unit which may provide songs of different categories from different playlists. The songs of the different categories may be in the form different genres, such as a genre suitable for concentration, or a genre suitable for entertainment. Furthermore, the user-related data file may be of a third data type, such as a video data file which may be received from a video server computing unit which provides different videos. In this case, the user-related data files from the plurality of user-related data files may sorted or managed, for example by the user, into different data groups on the basis of the user's predefined preferences. For example, the user-related data files may be sorted or managed into three different groups, a first data group which may be named as "car", a second data group which may be named as "office" and a third data group which may be named as "sport". The first data group "car" corresponds to the data group, whose contents are intended to consumed in a car, for example by the user while driving the car, as in the case of manual driving and/or while being inside the car, as in the case of self-driving cars. Similarly, the data group "office" corresponds to the data group, whose contents are intended to consumed in an office, for example by the user in the office. Similarly, the data group "sport" corresponds to the data group, whose contents are intended to consumed in an office, for example by the user while performing sport activities, for example in a sport studio.

[0010] In the first data group "car", the user-related data files corresponding to the private E-Mails, the user-related data files corresponding to the songs from the genre suitable for entertainment and the user-related data files corresponding to the videos may be selected, for example by the user. In the second group related to "office", the user-related data files the user-related data files corresponding to the office E-Mails and the user-related data files corresponding to the songs from the genre suitable for concentration may be selected, for example by the user. And for the third data group related to "sport", the user-related data files corresponding to the songs from the genre suitable for entertainment may be selected, for example by the user, since the user would prefer only to listen to music while performing sport activities in the sport studio. This is of advantage, because it enables the different user-related data files to be sorted or managed from the plurality of user-related data files into different data groups according to the user's predefined preferences. This enables the user to differentiate the plurality of information as relevant information from the irrelevant ones at a given time and/or location.

[0011] Furthermore, the at least one data group comprises a respective predefined group output characteristic. The predefined group output characteristic may be associated to a physical position of the device, such as in a car, an office, a sports studio and/or home of the user. Furthermore, the predefined group output characteristic can also be at a particular instant of time such as the instant of time in which the user generally drives to his office by car, the instant of time in which the user is in his office, the instant of time in which the user is in his sports studio and/or the instant of time in which the user is back home. Furthermore, for the outputting of the at least one respective data file of the at least one data group, the at least one data group is selected based on the respective predefined group output characteristic on one side and a physical position of the device and/or a predefined threshold value of a predefined distance of the physical position of the device from a predefined geographical location on the other side. In other words, the predefined group output characteristic may be associated with a physical position of the device such as in the car of the user, the office of the user or the sport studio of the user, wherein the user- related data files are sorted or managed by the user in each of the corresponding data groups as aforementioned. The predetermined group output characteristic, associated with the physical position of the device in the office or the sport studio may be geographical coordinates of the office or the sport studio respectively. The predetermined group output characteristics corresponding to the physical position of the device in the car of the user may comprise of sensor signals detected by the device which indicates the presence of the device inside a car interior or in a predefined proximity to the car. The physical position of the device and/or a threshold value of a predefined distance of the physical position of the device from a predefined geographical location may be determined by means of a GPS unit (Global positioning system) of the device.

[0012] Once the user is in the car, based on of the sensor signals detected by the device, the first data group "car" with the predefined group output characteristic associated to a physical position of the device, that is in a car, is automatically selected. Hence, the user can retrieve and/or consume all the user-related data files corresponding to the data group with the group output characteristic car. Once the user who is driving by his car to his office nears his office at a predefined distance, for example five meters from his office and based on the information from the GPS unit, which provides a geographical location of the car, that is the device, then the device recognizes that the device is nearing the office and hence based on this information the second data group "office" is selected. Hence, the first data group "car" is replaced by the second data group "office". Hence, the user is now able to retrieve or have access the user-related data files corresponding to the second data group "office" with the predefined data output characteristic associated with the physical position of the device in the office.

[0013] When the user is finished with his work in the office and gets into the car then the first data group "car" with the predefined output characteristic associated with the physical position of the device in the car is detected and the respective user-related data files corresponding to the first data group "car" are outputted to the user. Finally, when the user reaches a predefined distance from the sports studio, and based on the geographical location detected by the GPS unit, the third data group "sport" with the predefined data output characteristic associated with the physical position of the device in the sport studio is selected and hence the user-related data files corresponding to the third data group "sport" are outputted on the user-interface of the device.

[0014] Each of the at least one user-related data file comprises a respective predefined data output characteristic and the outputting of the at least one user-related data file of the selected data group is based on the respective data output characteristic and on the physical environment of the device. The data output characteristic determines the nature of the output of the user-related data on the user-interface of the device. Furthermore, the data output characteristic is defined as according to the physical environment condition of the device. The physical environment of the device may be determined by means of, for example at least one sensor signal from at least one sensor of the device and/or at least one sensor signal from at least one sensor in the physical environment of the device. In other words, once a data group is selected by the device, then based on the physical environment of the device are, the corresponding data output characteristic is selected. As a result of which a respective or corresponding outputting of the at least one user-related data file of the selected data group is managed accordingly by the device. This is of advantage, because the outputting of the user-related data files of the selected data group can be managed as desired by the user himself automatically.

[0015] The invention also comprises embodiments that provide features which afford additional technical advantages.

[0016] In one embodiment, the managing of the at least one user-related data file into the at least one data group can be updated on a basis of the at least one predefined criterion, when the receiving of a new user-related data file occurs and/or when the outputting of one of the user-related data file can occur, wherein an update signal can be sent to the at least one of the plurality of server computing units. This is of advantage, because when a new user-related data file of a corresponding data group is received from a corresponding server computing unit, then the received new user-related data file is updated into the corresponding data group after being received from the corresponding server computing unit. Furthermore, when the outputting of one of the user-related data file occurs, then an update signal is sent to the at least one of the corresponding plurality of the server computing units. This in return enables the at least one of the corresponding plurality of the server computing units to send a corresponding new user-related data file to the device which is updated into the corresponding data group. Hence, this enables a continuous outputting of the user-related data file of a corresponding data group during the usage of the device.

[0017] In one embodiment, one of the at least one data group can comprise a predefined group output characteristic that may correspond to the physical position of the device being in a vehicle. In other words, the user-related data files may be sorted or managed into a data group, for example by the user, which he wants to consume and/or have access to, while driving the vehicle or while being inside the vehicle. The vehicle may be a manually driven vehicle and/or a semi-autonomous vehicle and/or a fully autonomous vehicle. Once the user is inside the vehicle and based on the predefined group output characteristics that corresponds to the physical position of the device being in a vehicle, then the corresponding data group is selected. Hence, the user-related data files of the data group with the output characteristic that correspond to the physical position of the device being in the vehicle is outputted on the user-interface of the device. Hence, the user can consume and/or have access to the desired user-related data files from the corresponding data group while being in the vehicle.

[0018] In one embodiment, the physical environment condition of the device can comprise a driving condition of the vehicle. For example, the physical environment of the device which comprises the driving condition of the vehicle may be of types, a first physical environment corresponding to a manual driving condition and a second physical environment corresponding to an autonomous driving condition. This is of advantage, because this ensures a pleasant, safe and driving friendly access of the user-related data files from the device to the user while driving the vehicle.

[0019] In one embodiment, one data output characteristic can correspond to an autonomous driving condition and one data output characteristic can correspond to a manual driving condition. In other words, in the autonomous condition, the data output characteristic may be defined in such a way that that the user-related data files of all the data types are permitted to be outputted on the user-interface of the device. Hence, during the self-driving condition of the vehicle, the user can safely sit and/or lay back on his driving chair and consume the outputted user-related data file from the device, which in return ensures a pleasant experience to the user while being in the vehicle. However, during the manual driving condition, the data output characteristic may be defined in such a way that the user-related data file of the data type of a video data file may be disabled. This ensures a safe driving of the vehicle manually, since the user or the driver is not distracted by the viewing of the video displayed on the user-interface of the device.

[0020] In one embodiment, a duration of a journey along a driving route that has been planned by a navigation system can be estimated and a rate of outputting of the at least one selected user-data related data file of the at least one data group can be adapted, such that the at least one selected user-data related data file of the at least one data group is outputted before the end of the journey along the driving route. This is of advantage, because this can enable all corresponding user-related data files in a corresponding data group to be outputted in an efficient manner before the end of the journey along the driving route. Hence, it can be ensured that none of the user-related data file is left unconsumed and/or not being accessed by the user before the end of the journey along the driving route that has been planned by the navigation system.

[0021] In one embodiment, one of the at least one data group can comprise a group output characteristic that can correspond to the physical position of the device being in a stationary location. The stationary location may be an office, a sports studio or a home of the user. This is of advantage, because this enables the outputting of the user-related data file of the corresponding data group in a predefined manner, depending on the physical location of the device in a stationary location.

[0022] In one embodiment, one data output characteristic can correspond to a solitary environment and one data output characteristic can correspond to an environment with a plurality of persons being present. This is of advantage, because this enables, for example a user, to customize the outputting of the user-related data files of a data group according to the physical environment of the user in a case, when the user is alone or in a case, when the user is in the presence of plurality of persons in his environment. For example, if the user is in a solitary environment, then the user may defined data output characteristic or customize the outputting of the user-related data files in such a manner that all the user-related data files may be outputted by the device. However, if the user is in the presence of a plurality of persons at a given time, then in such a situation, the user may defined data output characteristic or customize the outputting of the user-related data file in such a manner, so that the user-related data files of the data types corresponding to audio format and/or video format, are outputted at a lower audio volume and/or the video data files and audio data files are not outputted. In this case, only the user-related data files corresponding to the data type of text format are outputted. It is further thinkable that in such a situation, the user-related data files corresponding to the audio and video data type are outputted in the form of a text format, wherein the audio data files and the video data files are converted to the text format using a corresponding computer program and a processor comprising the corresponding computer program.

[0023] In one embodiment, the outputting of the at least one user-related data file can comprise a visual output signal and/or an audio output signal and/or a haptic output signal. This is of advantage, because it enables the user to consume the user-related data files and/or have access to the user-related data files in a pleasant and efficient manner. It is further thinkable, that an interconversion of the output signals of different types is possible, that is a video output signal and/or an audio output signal can be converted into a text output signal or a visual output signal can be converted into an audio output signal.

[0024] The invention also comprises a computer program for receiving, managing an outputting of a plurality of user-related data files of different types on a user-interface of a device.

[0025] The invention also comprises a device for storage and operation of the computer program for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data types on a user-interface of the device. The device may be in the form of a computing unit such as a mobile phone, especially a smartphone, a think pad and/or a part of an infotainment system in a vehicle.

[0026] The invention also comprises various combinations of the features of the described embodiments, if not stated otherwise.

[0027] In the following an exemplary implementation of the invention is described.

[0028] The figure shows:
Fig.
a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a method for saving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files of different data files of different data types on a user-interface of a device.


[0029] The embodiment explained in the following is a preferred embodiment of the invention. However, in the embodiment, the described components of the embodiment each represent individual features of the invention which are to be considered independently of each other and which each develop the invention also independently of each other and thereby are also to be regarded as a component of the invention in an individual manner or in another than the shown combination. Furthermore, the described embodiment can also be supplemented by further features of the invention already described.

[0030] In the figure identical reference signs indicate elements that provide the same function.

[0031] The figure shows a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files V1, V2, V3, P1, P2, N1, N2, M1, M2, M3, M4, F1 and F2 of different data types on a user-interface 11 of a device 12. In the further text, the plurality of user-related data files V1, V2, V3, P1, P2, N1, N2, M1, M2, M3, M4, F1 and F2 are referred to as plurality of user-related data files V1 to F2, for the sake of a pleasant readability.

[0032] The device 12 may be a computing unit, such as a mobile telephone, especially a smartphone, a think pad and/or a part of an infotainment system in a vehicle. The plurality of user-related data files V1 to F2 may be of different data types, such as digital video data comprising data files in different forms, such as a MPEG-4 high profile [.mp4] and/or a motion JPEG 2000 [.jp2], digital audio data comprising data files of different data types, such as a Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), a Wave form audio format [.wav], a MPEG-1 audio layer [.mp3] and/or an Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF). Furthermore, the user-related data files may comprise data files of a data type in the format of document scripts which can be found in E-Mail texts such as a rich text format [.rtf], an open document text format [.odt], html [.htm, .html] and/or a plain text [.txt]. The user-related data files V1 to F2 in form of documents and scripts can further enclose attachments in widely used formats, such as MS Word and/or MS Excel and/or pdf files. Furthermore, E-Mails may include attachments such as a JPEG and/or any portable document format. Each of the user-related data files V1 to F2 may be received from at least one of a plurality of server computing units V, P, N, M and F depending on the data type of the respective user-related data file V1 to F2. According to the figure, the user-related data files V1 to F2 of the data type of a digital video data may be the user-related data files V1, V2 and V3 which may be received from a video server computing unit V, the user-related data files P1 and P2 may comprise private E-Mails of a user (not shown in figure) and may be received from a private server computing unit P, the user-related data files N1 and N2 may comprise text information of news and may be received from a news server computing unit N, the user-related data files M1, M2; M3 and M4 may comprise audio data in the form of audio songs belonging to various genres and may be received from a music server computing unit M and lastly the user-related data files F1 and F2 may comprise office E-Mails of the user and may be received from an office server computing unit F.

[0033] The user-related data files V1 to F2 can be received from the respective server computing units V, P, N, M and F wirelessly by the device 12. Each user-related data file V1 to F2 from the plurality of user-related files V1 to F2 can be sorted or managed into one of at least one data group G1, G2 and G3 on a basis of at least one predefined criterion. In other words, the user can manage the user-related data files V1 to F2 in corresponding groups G1, G2 and G3 as per his convenience and/or choice.

[0034] According to the figure, at least one data group G1, G2 and G3 may comprise a respective predefined group output characteristics. The predefined group output characteristic of each data group G1, G2 and G3 can refer to a predefined geographic location and/or a situation. The data group G1 comprises a predefined group output characteristic referring to the location of the device 12 in a vehicle 13. This can be achieved by means of a signal from embedded sensors in the vehicle 13. The signal can be received by the device 12, which then can recognize that the device 12 is located in the vehicle 13.

[0035] In the case of data group G2, the corresponding predefined group output characteristic may be in form of a predefined geographical location 37 of an office 14. In the case of the data group G3, the predefined group output characteristic may be in form of a predefined geographical location 38 of a sports studio 15. For the outputting of the at least one respective user-related data file V1 to F2 of the at least one data group G1, G2 and G3, the at least one data group G1, G2 and G3 is selected based on the respective predefined group output characteristic on one side and a physical position of the device and/or a predefined threshold value of a predefined distance D1 of the physical position of the device 12 from a predefined geographic location 37 or of a predefined distance D2 of the physical position of the device 12 from a predefined geographic location 38, on the other side.

[0036] When the user holding the device 12 gets into the vehicle 13 and starts the vehicle 13, then the embedded sensors inside the vehicle 13 send a signal to the device 12 which then recognizes the predefined group output characteristics corresponding to the data group G1 and accordingly the data group G1 is selected. Furthermore, when the vehicle 13 arrives near the office 14, as soon as the vehicle 13 arrives in a region of the predefined threshold value of the predefined distance D1 of the physical position of the device 12 from the predefined geographical location 37 of the office 14, then the predefined group output characteristic corresponding to the group G2 is identified and hence, the group G2 is selected. Similarly, when the user with the device 12 arrives in a region with the predefined threshold value of the predefined distance D2 of the physical position of the device 12 from a predefined geographical location 38 of the sports studio 15, then the predefined group output characteristic corresponding to the data group G3 is identified and the data group G3 is selected.

[0037] As shown in the figure, the data group G1 may comprise the user-related data files V1 and V2 which can be received wirelessly from the video server computing unit V, as shown by paths 16 and 17, the user-related data files P1 and P2 comprising private E-Mails which may be received from the private E-Mail server computing P, as shown by paths 18 and 19. Furthermore, the data group G1 may comprise the user-related data files N1 and N2 comprising text information of news which are received from the news server computing unit N, as shown by paths 20 and 21 and finally, the data group G1 comprises an user-related data file M1 comprise audio data in the form which can be received from the music server computing unit M, as shown by a path 22. Hence, the data group G1 may comprise the user-related data files V1, V2, B1, B2, N1, N2 and M2.

[0038] The data group G2 can comprise the user-related data file M2 from the music server computing unit M, as shown by a path 23, the user-related data files F1 and F2 comprising office E-Mails received from the office E-Mail server computing unit F, shown by paths 26 and 27. Hence, the data group G2 may comprise the user-related data files M2, F1 and F2.

[0039] Similarly, the data group G3 may comprise the user-related data file V3 received from the video server computing unit V, as shown by a path 42, the user-related data files M3 and M4 from the music server computing unit M shown by paths 24 and 25. Each of the at least one user-related data file V1 to F2 of the at least one data group G1, G2 and G3 may comprise a respective predefined data output characteristic and the outputting of the at least one user-related data file of the selected data group G1, G2 and G3 may be based on a respective data output characteristic and on a physical environment of the device 12.

[0040] The data group G1 may comprise the predefined group output characteristic that corresponds to the physical position of the device 12 being in the vehicle 13. This may be realized by means of a signal which can be received by the device 12 from the embedded sensors in the vehicle 13. In other words, once the user with the device 12 enters the vehicle 13 and/or the vehicle 13 is turned on, then the device 12 can receive a signal from the embedded sensors of the vehicle 13 which can indicate that the device 12 is located inside the vehicle 13. On the basis of this predefined group output characteristic, the data group G1 can be selected.

[0041] Furthermore, as shown in the figure, a physical environment condition R1, R2 of the device 12 may comprise a driving condition of the vehicle 13. As shown in the figure, the physical environment condition R1 may comprise a driving condition corresponding to a manual driving of the vehicle 13 by the user, as shown by a path 31. The physical environment condition R2 may comprise a driving condition corresponding to an autonomous driving of the vehicle 13, as shown by a path 32. The predefined data output characteristics can be adapted according to the physical environment condition R1, R2 of the device 12. In the case of the physical environment condition R1, where the user may drive the vehicle 13 manually, the user-related data P1, P2, N1, N2 and M1 may be outputted by the user-interface 11 of the device 12 on as per the adopted predefined data output characteristics. However, it is to be noted, that the user-related data V1 which is in the form of a video data file, is not outputted in this case. Since, a video data file can distract the user while driving the vehicle 13, which in return can also lead to an accident. Furthermore, in the case of the physical environment condition R2, wherein the vehicle 13 is driven autonomously. In this case, all the user-related data P1, P2, N1, N2, M1 and V1 may be outputted corresponding to the data group G1 on the user-interface 11 of the device 12. The user-interface 11 can be in the form of a touchscreen, a display panel comprising of an audio unit as well as a display unit as well as a haptic unit. Furthermore, a duration of a journey along a driving route that has been planned by a navigation system (not shown in figure) may be estimated and a rate of outputting of the user-related data files P1, P2, N1, N2 and M1 of the data group G1, for the physical environment condition R1, may be adapted accordingly. Similarly, a rate of outputting of the user-related data files P1, P2, N1, N2, M1 and V1 of the data group G1, for the physical environment condition R2, may be adapted accordingly.

[0042] In the case, when the user is in the office 14 or in a region 40 with a threshold distance D1 from the predefined geographical location 37 of the office 14, then the data group G2 may be selected. Here, however, one predefined data output characteristic may correspond to a physical environment condition Q1, which may be a solitary environment condition, as shown by a path 33 and another predefined data output characteristic may correspond to a physical environment condition Q2, which may be a physical environment condition with a plurality of persons present, as shown by a path 34. In the case of the physical environment condition Q1, the user may be with the device 12 alone in the office 14. In this case, the user-related data files M2, F1 and F2 may be outputted on the user-interface 11 of the device 12. The user-related data files F1 and F2 can be displayed in the form of a text output, whereas the user-related data file M2 may be outputted in the form of an audio signal.

[0043] However, in the case of the physical environment condition Q2, where the user may be surrounded by a plurality of persons, then the user-related data files F1 and F2 are displayed on the user-interface 11 of the device 12. It is to be noted that the user-related data file M2 is not outputted in this case. Since an audio signal which is needed for the outputting of the user-related data file M2 could cause inconvenience during the presence of the plurality of persons.

[0044] Finally, when the user may be in a sports studio 15 or in a region 41 with a threshold distance D2 from the predefined geographical location 38 of the sports studio 15, then the data group G2 may be selected. In this case, the user-related data files M3, M4 and M5 corresponding to the group G3 may be outputted in the form of audio signals at the user-interface 11 of the device 12, as shown by a path 35. It is to be noted, that the user-data file V3 of group G3 may be outputted as an audio data file M5 in this case, since the user may prefer to only listen to audio data files while performing sport activities in the sport studio 15.

[0045] Furthermore, the managing of the at least one user-related data file V1 to F2 into the at least one data group G1, G2 and G3 may be updated on the basis of the at least one predefined criterion, when the receiving of a new user-related data file (not shown in figure) occurs and/or when the outputting of one of the user-related data file V1 to F2 occurs, wherein an update signal (not shown in figure) may be sent to the at least one of the plurality of server computing units V, P, N, M and F.


Claims

1. Method for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files (V1, V2, V3, P1, P2, N1, N2, M1, M2, M3, M4, F1, F2) of different data types on a user-interface (11) of a device (12), wherein each of the respective user-related data files (V1 to F2) is received from at least one of a plurality of server computing units (V, P, N, M, F) depending on the data type of the respective user-related data file (V1 to F2), characterized in that

- each user-related data file (V1 to F2) from the plurality of user-related data files (V1 to F2) is managed into one of at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) on a basis of at least one predefined criterion;

- the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) comprises a respective predefined group output characteristic and for the outputting of at least one respective user-related data file (V1 to F2) of the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3), the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) is selected based on the respective predefined group output characteristic on one side and a physical position of the device (12) and/or a predefined threshold value of a predefined distance (D1, D2) of the physical position of the device (12) from a predefined geographic location (37, 38) on the other side; and

- each of the at least one user-related data file (V1 to F2) comprises a respective predefined data output characteristic and the outputting of the at least one user-related data file (V1 to F2) of the selected data group (G1, G2, G3) is based on the respective data output characteristic and on a physical environment condition (Q1, Q2, R1, R2) of the device (12).


 
2. Method according to claim 1, wherein the managing of the at least one user-related data file (V1 to F2) into the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) is updated on the basis of the at least one predefined criterion, when the receiving of a new user-related data file occurs and/or when the outputting of one of the user-related data file (V1 to F2) occurs, wherein an update signal is sent to the at least one of the plurality of server computing units (V, P, N, M, F).
 
3. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein one of the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) comprises a predefined group output characteristic that corresponds to the physical position of the device (12) being in a vehicle (13).
 
4. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein the physical environment condition (R1, R2) of the device (12) comprises a driving condition of the vehicle (13).
 
5. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein one predefined data output characteristic corresponds to an autonomous driving condition and one predefined data output characteristic corresponds to a manual driving condition.
 
6. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein a duration of a journey along a driving route that has been planned by a navigation system is estimated and a rate of outputting of the at least one user-related data file (V1 to F2) of the at least one selected data group (G1, G2, G3) is adapted, such that the at least one selected user-data related data file (V1 to F2) of the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) is outputted before the end of the journey along the driving route.
 
7. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein one of the at least one data group (G1, G2, G3) comprises a predefined group output characteristic that corresponds to the physical position of the device (12) being in a stationary location (14, 15).
 
8. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein one predefined data output characteristic corresponds to the physical environment condition (Q1), which is a solitary environment condition and one predefined data output characteristic corresponds to the physical environment condition (Q2), which is a physical environment condition with a plurality of persons present.
 
9. Method according to any of the above mentioned claims, wherein the outputting of the at least one user-related data file (V1 to F2) comprises a visual output signal and/or an audio output signal and/or a haptic output signal.
 
10. Computer program for receiving, managing and outputting a plurality of user-related data files (V1 to F2) of different data types on a user-interface (11) of a device (12), wherein the computer program is configured to perform a method based on at least one of the preceding claims.
 
11. Device (12) for storage and operation of the computer program according to claim 10.
 




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