Patent published on November 7, 2023

Zhilu's Patent Could Make Indoor Direction Finding Easier

Navigating indoors could become a lot less challenging with the introduction of a new groundbreaking patent by Zhejiang Deqing Zhilu Navigation Technology Co. This could transform the way we find our way around busy shopping centers, corporate high-rises, or sprawling museums.

The central issue resolved by Patent No. US11808848B1 revolves around the challenge of pinpointing your location inside large, complex buildings. The existing solutions are only able to provide room-level accuracy, grossly inadequate for large-scale, multi-area indoor navigation.

Finding your way around vast interiors can be frustrating. You might miss an important meeting because you couldn't find the right office, or spend excessive time trying to locate a specific retail store within a large mall. Misdirection and confusion could breed frustration, making navigation a main issue in large indoor environments.

In response to this challenge, the patent seeks to harness sound signals and Bluetooth technology to provide precise indoor positioning. The working principle involves sound signals that are fine-tuned using a 'Blackman window function.' These signals are then scattered throughout a large indoor space. Combined with Bluetooth signals, the system can calculate and track your exact location within the building. It further fine-tunes this information by taking into account someone's walking speed and other metrics.

Imagine visiting an expansive convention center for a major industry conference. Instead of trying to decipher complicated floor maps or asking for directions, you could rely on your smartphone to navigate. The technology informed by this patent could direct you from the entrance right to your desired booth, taking into account your personal walking speed. Or imagine getting through an airport, from check-ins to gates, with a concise, easy-to-follow path on your phone, guiding you every step of the way, avoiding the usual hassles and stress associated with air travel.

However, it is important to remember that while this invention is undoubtedly promising, it is currently just a patent with its commercial viability yet to be tested. There is no guarantee that it will be released to the public anytime soon or even at all.

P.S. As with any patented technology, we must remind our readers that there is no assurance that it will find its place in the market eventually. This fascinating concept exists primarily on paper and in the minds of its brilliantly innovative creators at the moment. Nonetheless, this new patent offers exciting possibilities for a future where getting lost indoors could become a thing of the past.

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