05812865 is referenced by 592 patents and cites 21 patents.

The present invention describes a system of multiple devices and multiple users, wherein the identity and location of each device and user may be known to the system. A method is described for establishing media connections between at least a first user and a second user based on the context of the system and the environment of the particular device, computing devices, or users. The system receives a media connection request from the first user, including information indicating the first user preferences for media, and identifies the intended recipient user or users. The location and media devices in proximity to each of the users is determined, and the preset profiles and policies of the users involved are determined. Each user may specify acceptable media connections and contextual attributes. When the contextual attributes and acceptable media connections for each user are consistent, media device communications paths are established.

Title
Specifying and establishing communication data paths between particular media devices in multiple media device computing systems based on context of a user or users
Application Number
161730
Publication Number
5812865
Application Date
March 4, 1996
Publication Date
September 22, 1998
Inventor
Roy Want
Mountain View
CA, US
William N Schilit
Palo Alto
CA, US
Daniel C Swinehart
Palo Alto
CA, US
Richard J Goldstein
San Francisco
CA, US
Mark D Weiser
Palo Alto
CA, US
Michael J Spreitzer
Tracy
CA, US
Marvin M Theimer
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Tracy L Hurt
R Christine Jacobs
Assignee
Xerox Corporation
CT, US
IPC
G06F 15/00
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