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INTUITIVE COMPUTING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

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11/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

A smart phone senses audio and/or imagery from a user's environment, and acts to fulfill inferred or requested user desires. In one arrangement, a smart phone comprises: a touch screen display; a camera for capturing imagery; a microphone for capturing audio; a physical discovery button for receiving a user's indication to initiate a discovery mode; one or more processors; and memory storing software instructions for configuring said one or more processors. The software configures the processors for: responsive to a user's request via the physical discovery button, initiating a discovery mode including processing imagery captured with said camera; causing two different areas to be displayed on the touch screen display, in which a first of the two areas comprises a sensor pane in which visual information associated with captured imagery is displayed along with augmented reality graphics, and in which a second of the two areas comprises user-selectable graphic icons; and causing a user-selectable graphic icon to be displayed in the first of the two areas to allow a user to switch modes from image to audio. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.

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