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Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) That Can Be Used As An Intelligent Home Entertainment Remote Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022212D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

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Eric Hsiao: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A PDA with a boosted infrared (IR) transmitter can be used to control more intelligently a wide variety of home entertainment systems including Personal Video Recorders and VCRs.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50S5035

Title:

Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) That Can Be Used As An Intelligent Home Entertainment Remote Control

Abstract:

A PDA with a boosted infrared (IR) transmitter can be used to control more intelligently a wide variety of home entertainment systems including Personal Video Recorders and VCRs.

Inventors:

Eric Hsiao

Kim Annon Ryal

Description of the Invention:

1.      Oftentimes, a coffee table is littered with many brands and types of remote controls. It would be easier to combine all this functionality into one intelligent device, the PDA. Programming a VCR or PVR still involves multiple steps that could be easily simplified with a PDA..

2.      A PDA with a strong IR transmitter can be used to program home entertainment systems to simplify many common tasks. For example, when users sync the PDA with their computer, the PDA can download a week's worth of TV program guide information from the internet. Then they can carry their PDA with them and at any time, can browse through the guide information to see which TV shows they would like to watch. They can then mark on their PDAs which shows they want to watch and upon going home, they can have their PDA transmit this information to a VCR or PVR so it would record them. The PDA. can also control a TV in real-time by displaying the program information for the current time and the user can tune to a program he wants to watch by having the PD.-\ control the TV. Likewise, if a user...