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An Appliance Management System and Method that Enables Natural Control over Various Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016362D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Dec-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This publication describes a kind of appliance management system and method with focus on enabling natural device control methods, e.g., speech, gesture. It is supposed to bring convenience to home and corporate users as they work with various devices or appliances.

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  An Appliance Management System and Method that Enables Natural Control over Various Devices

An Appliance Management System and Method that

Enables Natural Control Methods over Various Devices

BACKGROUND

   With the progress in embedded technology fields, more and more devices or appliances now come with microprocessors and various communication modules built in which enables the building of a management system that could take all kinds of devices under central control. However, in most cases, users will not manipulate any given appliances on a remote console. Instead they tend to use on-device control panels or remote control sets, which is currently adopted as the dominant method. But we can see that it is still not natural or convenient enough for common users to access device without learning curve. For different devices usually have different panels, and some of them are not easily understood.

   So here we propose a new kind of appliance management system and method which focuses on enabling natural ways to control devices. It is supposed to bring convenience to home as well as office users as they work with various devices or appliances.

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

Control Point

Device Database

Device Data

Context Data

Cmd Mgmt Interface

 Info Browse

Command Edit

Command

Manager

Context Manager

Command Processor

Connection Manager

Communication Module(s)

Natural Command Processor

Speech Handler

Gesture Handler

  CP Interface

......

 XYZ Handler

Context Handler

Mgmt Ready Devices

Communication Module(s)

Event/CommandXML Page

Handler

User Action Capturer

Microphone

Camera

......

Command Mgmt Terminal

The picture above demonstrates the overall system architecture. The system is composed of four major parts.

The first part is called management-ready-device (MRD). The requirements are:

   At least one wired or wireless communication module to contact other systems. Event/command Handler: once a communication module is operational, the device should be ready to receive events or commands through it and react accordingly.

   A Description page in XML format which gives detailed description about the device. It is supposed to be sent to remote end when requested. The page should include basic device information, control panel description, natural command description.

The page could just include a URL where others could find details about this device.

The second part is called control point (CP). A CP is the management center of a group of devices. In some cases, a series of CP may work together to handle more device. A CP should have at least following components:

One or more communication modules in order to contact different kinds of devices. Device Database: which holds all necessary device information, including device type, address, status,

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supported commands, etc.

   Connection Manager: is responsible for handling device connection and communication related operations, sending commands to devices, as well as receiving data or events from d...