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REMOTE VCR/TV CONTROL INTERFACE Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021362D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 226K

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

Marcellin Akpa: INVENTOR

Abstract

Currently, TVs and VCRs can be programmed only when the user is in front of the set - the user cannot program the TV or VCR when he is in a remote location away from the set, The present invention overcomes this problem by allowing the user to program the VCR or TV from a remote location using a telephone, The box comprising the invention is composed of: ( 1) a microcontroller, (2) a DTMF detector, and (3) a telephone interface circuitry , The box is connected to the telephone line and the TV and/or VCR, In the programming of the box, the VCR is assigned the number "1 " and the TV is assigned the number "2", for example, This allows the selection. of the set to be programmed. The user also has to select an identifying code for the box- "22", for example.

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Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3, November 2000, ISSN 1521-5180

REMOTE VCR/TV CONTROL INTERFACE Box

Invention by: Marcellin Akpa

Currently, TVs and VCRs can be programmed only when the user is in front of the set - the user cannot program the TV or VCR when he is in a remote location away from the set, The present invention overcomes this problem by allowing the user to program the VCR or TV from a remote location using a telephone, The box comprising the invention is composed of: ( 1) a microcontroller, (2) a DTMF detector, and (3) a telephone interface circuitry , The box is connected to the telephone line and the TV and/or VCR, In the programming of the box, the VCR is assigned the number "1 " and the TV is assigned the number "2", for example, This allows the selection. of the set to be programmed. The user also has to select an identifying code for the box- "22", for example.

When there is an incoming call on the phone line, the box answers the call and monitors the line; the DTMF detector is then turned ON, and starts decoding the incoming digits. If the box code is not decoded within approximately two seconds, the call is routed to the extension phone - ringing that phone, If the box code is decoded within two seconds, i,e" if the caller presses number "22" within two seconds after the call is answered by the box, the following happens:

(A) The caller is prompted to select the set-to program,

(8) The system then accepts the channel, start time, and end time of each pro...