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1. (WO2019025609) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LINKING DEVICES
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A method of linking a first device to a second device, the first device comprising a wireless communication means having a unique address associated therewith, the first device further comprising a display arranged to display a set of indicators, one of the first device or the second device having a unique identity stored thereon, the method comprising:

broadcasting, from the first device, the unique address;

determining, by the first device, whether one or more indicators from the set of indicators correspond to at least a portion of the unique address based on a first mapping and, if one or more indicators correspond, displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators;

detecting, by a second device, the unique address broadcast by the first device;

displaying, on the second device, the set of indicators, the second device being arranged to receive an input from a user;

wherein, if the input selects at least one indicator from the set of indicators, determining whether the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address based on a second mapping; and wherein, if the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address, transmitting the unique identity between the first device and the second device.

The method of claim 1 , wherein the unique identity is shared between the first and second devices.

The method of claim 1 or 2, wherein the second device has the unique identity stored thereon, the unique identity being associated with a user account.

The method of claim 1 or 2, wherein the first device has the unique identity stored thereon.

The method of any preceding claim, wherein the first and second mapping each comprises a list of indicators, each indicator associated with an element of the unique address.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the first mapping and the second mapping are the same.

7. The method of claim 5, wherein at least a portion of the first mapping and the

second mapping is the same.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the second mapping comprises the first mapping and at least one additional mapping.

9. The method of any preceding claim, wherein, when the first device is broadcasting, the first device is arranged to display a wireless indicator from the set of indicators, the wireless indicator indicating that the wireless communication means is active.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein, when the first device is broadcasting, the first device is arranged to display a wireless indicator from the set of indicators, the wireless indicator indicating that the wireless communication means is active, and wherein the at least one additional mapping associates the wireless indicator with an element of the unique address.

1 1. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the first mapping is stored in a

memory of the first device.

12. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the second mapping is stored in a memory of the second device.

13. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the display is only arranged to display indicators from the set of indicators.

14. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the indicators are symbols, shapes, icons, alphanumeric or images.

15. The method of any preceding claim, further comprising the step of receiving, at the first device, the unique identity and storing the unique identity in a memory of the first device.

16. The method of any of claims 1 to 14, further comprising the step of, receiving, at the second device, the unique identity and storing the unique identity in a memory of the second device.

17. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the step of receiving an input

comprises receiving the input on a touchscreen or keypad of the second device.

18. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the wireless communication means comprises Bluetooth ® or Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE).

19. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the unique address is a MAC

address.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the portion is a number of bits of the MAC

address.

21. The method of claim 20, wherein the number of bits is the last four bits.

22. The method of claim 20 or 21 , wherein the first and second mapping each

comprises a list of indicators, each indicator associated with at least one bit of the

MAC address.

23. The method of claim 22, wherein each indicator is associated with a bit state of at least one bit of the MAC address.

24. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the first device is arranged to operate in a first mode and a second mode, the first device displaying the indicators in a first indicator state while in the first mode and in a second indicator state while in the second mode, the second mode comprising the step in claim 1 of displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators.

25. The method of claim 24, wherein the first indicator state is different from the

second indicator state.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the first indicator state is a static state.

27. The method of claim 25 or claim 26, wherein the second indicator state is a flashing state.

28. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the first device is a result reading device, such as an ovulation test device or a pregnancy test device.

29. The method of claim 28, wherein the set of indicators comprises indicators

indicative of one or more test results.

30. The method of claim 29, wherein the set of indicators further comprises an

indicator to indicate that the wireless communication means is active.

31. The method of claim 29 or 30, wherein the result reading device is arranged to operate in a testing mode and a linking mode, the result reading device displaying the indicators in a first indicator state in the testing mode and in a second indicator state in the linking mode, the linking mode comprising the step in claim 1 of displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators.

32. The method of claim 31 , wherein the testing mode comprises displaying one or more indicators indicative of a test result on the display.

33. The method of any of claims 28 to 32, wherein the result reading device is

arranged to receive a test stick comprising a detection region, and wherein the first device comprises a detection means arranged to detect the result of a test by analysing the detection region.

34. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the unique identity is a code.

35. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the second device is a mobile

wireless communications device.

36. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the unique address is manufacturer specific data.

37. The method of any preceding claim, wherein subsequent transmittance of data between the first and second device requires a matching step to confirm that the unique identity of the first device matches the unique identity of the second device.

38. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the first device is disposable.

39. A system for linking a first device to second device, the system comprising a first device and a second device, one of the first device or the second device having a unique identity stored thereon, the first device comprising:

a wireless communication means having a unique address associated therewith;

a display arranged to display a set of indicators; and

a memory having a first mapping stored thereon;

the second device comprising a memory having a second mapping stored thereon; wherein the first device is arranged to:

broadcast the unique address;

determine whether one or more indicators from the set of indicators correspond to at least a portion of the unique address based on a first mapping and, if one or more indicators correspond, display the corresponding one or more indicators;

wherein the second device is arranged to:

detect the unique address broadcast by the first device;

display the set of indicators; and

receive an input from a user;

wherein, if the input selects at least one indicator from the set of indicators, the second device is further arranged to determine whether the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address based on a second mapping; and wherein, if the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address, the unique identity is transmitted between the first device and the second device.

40. The system of claim 39, wherein the unique identity is shared between the first and second devices.

41. The system of claim 39 or 40, wherein the second device has the unique identity stored thereon, the unique identity being associated with a user account.

42. The system of claim 39 or 40, wherein the first device has the unique identity

stored thereon.

43. The system of any of claims 39 to 52, wherein the first and second mapping each comprises a list of indicators, each indicator associated with an element of the unique address.

44. The system of claim 43, wherein the first mapping and the second mapping are the same.

45. The system of claim 43, wherein at least a portion of the first mapping and the second mapping is the same.

46. The system of claim 45, wherein the second mapping comprises the first mapping and at least one additional mapping.

47. The system of any of claims 39 to 46, wherein, when the first device is

broadcasting, the first device is arranged to display a wireless indicator from the set of indicators, the wireless indicator indicating that the wireless communication means is active.

48. The method of claim 46, wherein, when the first device is broadcasting, the first device is arranged to display a wireless indicator from the set of indicators, the wireless indicator indicating that the wireless communication means is active, and wherein the at least one additional mapping associates the wireless indicator with an element of the unique address.

49. The system of any of claims 39 to 48, wherein the first mapping is stored in a

memory of the first device.

50. The system on any of claims 39 to 49, wherein the second mapping is stored in a memory of the second device.

51. The system of any of claims 39 to 50, wherein the display is only arranged to

display indicators from the set of indicators.

52. The system of any of claims 39 to 51 , wherein the indicators are symbols, shapes, icons, alphanumeric or images.

53. The system of any of claims 39 to 52, wherein the first device is further arranged to receive the unique identity and store the unique identity in the memory of the first device.

54. The system of any of claims 39 to 52, wherein the second device is further

arranged to receive the unique identity and store the unique identity in the memory of the second device.

55. The system of any of claims 39 to 54, wherein the second device comprises a touchscreen or keypad, and the second device is arranged to receive the input on the touchscreen or keypad.

56. The system of any of claims 39 to 55, wherein the wireless communication means comprises Bluetooth ® or Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE).

57. The system of any of claims 39 to 56, wherein the unique address is a MAC

address.

58. The system of claim 57, wherein the portion is a number of bits of the MAC

address.

59. The system of claim 58, wherein the number of bits is the last four bits.

60. The system of claim 58 or 59, wherein the first and second mapping each

comprises a list of indicators, each indicator associated with at least one bit of the

MAC address.

61. The system of claim 60, wherein each indicator is associated with a bit state of at least one bit of the MAC address.

62. The system of any of claims 39 to 61 , wherein the first device is arranged to

operate in a first mode and a second mode, the first device displaying the indicators in a first indicator state while in the first mode and in a second indicator state while in the second mode, the second mode comprising the step in claim 39 of displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators.

63. The system of claim 62, wherein the first indicator state is different from the second indicator state.

64. The system of claim 63, wherein the first indicator state is a static state.

65. The system of claim 63 or 64, wherein the second indicator state is a flashing state.

66. The system of any of claims 27 to 44, wherein the first device is a result reading device, such as an ovulation test device or a pregnancy test device.

67. The system of claim 66, wherein the set of indicators comprises indicators

indicative of one or more test results.

68. The system of claim 67, wherein the set of indicators further comprises an

indicator to indicate that the wireless communication means is active.

69. The system of claim 67 or 68, wherein the result reading device is arranged to operate in a testing mode and a linking mode, the result reading device displaying the indicators in a first indicator state in the testing mode and in a second indicator state in the linking mode, the linking mode comprising the step in claim 39 of displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators.

70. The system of claim 69, wherein the testing mode comprises displaying one or more indicators indicative of a test result on the display.

71. The system of any of claims 66 to 70, wherein the result reading device is

arranged to receiving a test stick comprising a detection region, and wherein the first device comprises a detection means arranged to detect the result of a test by analysing the detection region.

72. The system of any of claims 39 to 71 , wherein the unique identity is a code.

73. The system of any of claims 39 to 72, wherein the second device is a mobile

wireless communications device.

74. The system of any of claims 39 to 73, wherein the unique address is manufacturer specific data.

75. The system of any of claims 39 to 74, wherein subsequent transmittance of data between the first and second device requires a matching step to confirm that the unique identity of the first device matches the unique identity of the second device.

76. The system of any of claims 39 to 75, wherein the first device is disposable.

77. A method of displaying a linking code on a device, the device comprising a

wireless communication means having a unique address associated therewith, the device further comprising a display arranged to display a set of indicators, and a memory having a mapping stored thereon, the method comprising:

broadcasting the unique address from the device;

determining whether one or more indicators from the set of indicators correspond to at least a portion of the unique address based on the mapping and, if one or more indicators correspond, displaying, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators as a linking code.

78. A device for displaying a linking code, the device comprising a wireless

communication means having a unique address associated therewith, the device further comprising a display arranged to display a set of indicators, and a memory having a mapping stored thereon, the device being arranged to:

broadcast the unique address from the device;

determine whether one or more indicators from the set of indicators correspond to at least a portion of the unique address based on the mapping and, if one or more indicators correspond, display, on the display, the corresponding one or more indicators as a linking code.

79. A method of linking an external device to a user device, the method comprising:

detecting, by the user device, a unique address broadcast by the external device;

displaying, on the user device, the set of indicators, the user device being arranged to receive an input from a user;

wherein, if the input selects at least one indicator from the set of indicators, determining whether the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address based on a mapping; and

wherein, if the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address, transmitting a unique identity between the user device and the external device.

80. The method of claim 79, wherein the unique identity is transmitted from the user device to the external device.

81. A device for linking with an external device, the device comprising a display and a memory having a mapping stored thereon, the device being further arranged to: detect a unique address broadcast by the external device;

display a set of indicators on the display;

receive an input from a user, the input being based on a linking code displayed on the external device;

wherein, if the input selects at least one indicator from the set of indicators, the device is further arranged to determine whether the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address based on a mapping; and wherein, if the selected at least one indicator corresponds to the portion of the unique address, a unique identity is transmitted between the device and the external device.

82. The device of claim 81 , wherein the unique identity is transmitted from the device to the external device.