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Method for location-based dynamic broadcast

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006195D
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for location-based dynamic broadcast. Benefits include improved quality of life and convenience.

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Method for location-based dynamic broadcast

Disclosed is a method for location-based dynamic broadcast. Benefits include improved quality of life and convenience.

Background

              Conventional consumer electronic (CE) devices contain circuit boards and logic that enable the device to provide the device’s functionality. That is, each device contains its own specialized computer. Some examples of devices found in many homes include a television, a VCR, a CD player, a DVD player, a radio, and a security system. Although a device may connect to another unit through cables, the electronics in the device must function correctly for the device to operate successfully. For example, a DVD player must be connected to a television or a video monitor for the content of the videodisk to be displayed. A video monitor cannot play a videodisk unless a DVD player is attached. The monitor and the DVD player are each stand-alone CE devices.

              A PC is capable of performing or being programmed to control many of the functions provided by stand-alone devices. For example, a computer system often includes a video monitor, a CD player, and a DVD player. The security system in a house may be operated through a stand-alone control console or through a PC, depending on the design of the security system.

              The electronic home of the future is a concept that includes the integration of the control function of many CE devices through a central PC.           

Description

              The disclosed method includes the dynamic broadcasting of audio and video content based on the location of the user. 

              In the electronic home of the future, audio and video content are no longer just delivered from stand-alone playback devices directly connected to the television and other CE devices. Content is both stored and broadcast from your centralized home media server (PC) through various wired and wireless media.

              For example, a user watching a DVD movie in the living room may be getting tired and wish to finish the film in the bedroom. In the conventional CE device model, a second DVD player must be installed in the bedroom or the user must de-install the player and transport it to the bedroom. The user must then install the player, restart the film, and navigate though a series of chapter selection screens, making extensive use of the scan feature. Some users snake long cables under and around the house to broadcast content through the house. For most users, these solutions are simply more trouble than they are worth.

              With the disclosed method, as soon as the user leaves th...