People often consult others in their neighborhood for recommendations regarding specific household needs, such as appliances, furniture, kitchenware, etc. Many common household objects have the capability to connect to the Internet. However, there are no current mechanisms to obtain and present aggregate information about these items, e.g., for geographic neighborhoods. This disclosure describes techniques that use permitted information gathered from smart objects in households in a neighborhood to provide appropriate answers to user queries. The information is obtained with permission of the respective users that own the smart objects and can be incorporated within rule-based and/or machine learning based techniques to generate answers.
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Duggal, Ashish, "Answering user queries based on aggregate information", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 14, 2019)