Smart devices continue to increase in popularity, availability, and functionality. However, to make use of a smart device, a user must first discover the smart device and determine how to interact with it. The user could search a local area using an augmented reality or identification system to highlight, determine capabilities of, and present instructions for interacting with nearby devices. Alternatively, the smart device itself could broadcast its presence, functionality, and instructions for interaction in a variety of ways. The device could send potential users an electronic message or respond to an audible command. The device could register with a local communication hub, which could alert potential users, so the user need only interact with a single entity.
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Sills, Maxwell and Gordon, Robert, "Identification of Smart Devices in Proximity to a User", Technical Disclosure Commons, (October 09, 2017)