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HANDS-FREE ACTUATION OF REMOTE CONTROLS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012265D
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 17K

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Abstract

Hands free operation of a remote controlled device can be accomplished using voice recognition techniques or by automatically identifying that a proper ID is within range. Remote controlled devices, such as garage door openers, can be actuated without requiring the user to push a button. In one embodiment, a transmitter is responsive to a user's voice commands. In another embodiment, a unique ID associated with a location or an object is detected by a device associated with the other of the location or object. These embodiments are particularly well suited to be used with a vehicle. More particularly, they are well suited to be used to actuate a garage door from a vehicle with requiring a user to actuate a button. These systems can be include the use of a trainable transmitter.

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HANDS-FREE ACTUATION OF REMOTE CONTROLS

Abstract

    Hands free operation of a remote controlled device can be accomplished using voice recognition techniques or by automatically identifying that a proper ID is within range. Remote controlled devices, such as garage door openers, can be actuated without requiring the user to push a button. In one embodiment, a transmitter is responsive to a user's voice commands. In another embodiment, a unique ID associated with a location or an object is detected by a device associated with the other of the location or object. These embodiments are particularly well suited to be used with a vehicle. More particularly, they are well suited to be used to actuate a garage door from a vehicle with requiring a user to actuate a button. These systems can be include the use of a trainable transmitter.

Description of Innovation

Background

    Many homes have garages. As automatic garage doors have become less expensive, more and more homes have started using these devices. Many garage door openers have remote controls that allow a user to actuate the garage door from a distance. When driving a car, actuating a remote control device may be made more difficult because a user is often making a turn into the driveway at about the same time as the remote control becomes within the appropriate range. A system to simplify this task would be beneficial.

Voice Activated Control

    One way of overcoming this problem is by using voice recognition techniques to allow a user to control the system without requiring a user to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel. Various voice recognition techniques have become available which allow electronic functions once controlled by buttons to become controlable using only the voice. These techniques have applied to document dictation and to simplify calling people from a cell phone. These techniques can also be applied to remote control transmitters. Doing so may allow a user to both make a turn and actuate a garage door at the same time. These voice recognition techniques need not be limited to remote garage door openers. For instance, they can be applied to trainable transceivers which learn commands from other remote controls, or other remote control devices using any number of wireless or wired control technologies. Examples of trainable transceivers can be seen in any number of issued patents (see U.S. Pat. No. 5,583,485;
U.S. Pat. No. 5,614,885; U.S. Pat. No. 5,614,891; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,708,415).

    This system can be accomplished by receiving a user's audible command with a microphone 10. Microphone 10 can be mounted in a vehicle. Microphone 10 can also be part of some existing system such as a cell phone, memo recorder, etc. Microphone 10 is coupled to a voice decoder 20. Preferably, a direct wired connection exists between microphone 10 and voice

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decoder 20, but such a connection is not necessary. For instance, the coupling can occur wirelessly. Further, var...