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Remote Controlling System for Home Electric Equipment via e-mail Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015142D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jan-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 70K

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Remote Controlling System for Home Electric Equipment via e-mail

[Remote Controlling System for Home Electric Equipment via e-mail]

1. Current Trend

The number of internet users, especially e-mail users, has been steadily increasing due to the widespread use of personal computers and mobile phone all over the world. The topics such as broad band and pervasive computing play an important role here. In IT (information technology) network environment, fixed price Internet connection service called broad band effects on an increasing number of Internet users. As for personal computer environment, there has been developed small computer such as pervasive computer. They will come in our home rapidly and will lead momentum for home IT.

2. Subject

We accept so many merits by popularization of Internet. E-mail is a typical example. In many cases, people seem to access Internet from personal computers or mobile phone. Concerning home electric equipment (e.g. television, video recorder, air conditioner, telephone, and fax etc.), we normally have to be at home to use them. Controlling such equipment outside home is technically not common yet. This is why I would like to invent the "remote controlling system for home electric equipment via e-mail". I believe this system could be effectively applied for various needs, such as home security measures or home care service for senior people living alone etc.

3. Solution

3.1 General description
(1) Set (pervasive) computer connected all day to Internet at home. In the near future, pervasive computer could be set inside home electric equipment. (This computer at home is called e-Home server.)
(2) Connect home electric equipment to e-Home server via USB port.
(3) User send e-mail to e-Home server to control home electric equipment from remote site. E-Home server will reply mail to confirm received mail.
(4) E-Home server transfer received e-mail data to controlling program. (This program that controls home electric equipment is called e-Home program.)
(5) E-Home program has functions to register controlled home electric equipment, view its status, and delete data.
(6) Normal format has to be specified in advance as protocol between e-Home server and home electric equipment.
(7) E-Home server, e-Home program and home electric equipment as whole are integrated to e-Home system.

3.2 E-Home program control Function 3-2-1 Send / receive e-mail
(1) User authorization
a. Register user-id and password to e-Home server system (max xx users).
b. User sends e-mail by using registe...