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Set-Top Box (STB) ScanIt

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022213D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Paul Hsu: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A scanner attachment to a STB’s USB port; used as an eFax machine, or to simply save images into the STB’s hard disk drive.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50S5039

Title:

Set-Top Box (STB) ScanIt

Abstract:

A scanner attachment to a STB’s USB port; used as an eFax machine, or to simply save images into the STB’s hard disk drive.

Inventors:

Paul Hsu

Kim Annon Ryal

Description of the Invention:

1.      From a consumer's perspective, there may be a need for a fax machine, but also a desire for an entertaining STB, but with a limited amount of money to invest, the decision may be tough. The fax machine will need a phone line to send data and the STB already has internet connection. There are numerous online eFax services that allow users to send faxes through an internet connection. STB's also have phone connection for dial out.

2.      The scanner attachment can take care of business needs of the average consumer and also bring the satisfaction of entertainment, all in one box. It eliminates the problem of the fax machine tying up the phone line, and eliminates the need for another device that solely sends faxes. With this attachment, not only can faxes be sent, but scanned images can also be saved into the STB's hard disk.

3.      Preferably through the USB port since many other attachments can still be used without swapping devices because USB can be chained. Prefer internet over phone.

Using the USB port of the STB, a scanner such as the "HP ScanJet 2200ci color scanner" can be connected to the STB and software within would allow the user to scan images.