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Alarm/Reminder Feature for the Set-Top Box (STB)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022214D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Related People

Paul Hsu: INVENTOR

Abstract

Software oriented functionality that will allow users to set multiple alarms along with reminders associated with each reminder. The alarm will signal some multimedia application of the users choice (snippet of an MTV video recorded earlier, mpeg audio file…)

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50S5040

Title:

Alarm/Reminder Feature for the Set-Top Box (STB)

Abstract:

Software oriented functionality that will allow users to set multiple alarms along with reminders associated with each reminder. The alarm will signal some multimedia application of the users choice (snippet of an MTV video recorded earlier, mpeg audio file…)

Inventor:

Paul Hsu

Description of the Invention:

1.      Many people watch TV for hours on end. This may promote forgetfulness because the user will become so in tune with the program. Or maybe the user wants to take a quick nap on the couch, but does not want to get up to get the alarm in the bedroom.

2.      With the additional feature of a software alarm/reminder, the user will be reminded of certain events that may be forgotten or want to remind him/herself of. The user will not have to constantly look in an organizer or go to the other room to get the alarm clock, rather he/she can stay in one place, program the information into the STB and continue enjoying life. When the alarm/reminder goes off, the STB can turn on the TV, if not already on, and begin the user specified alert.

3.      This feature can be implemented in software so no additional hardware will be required. A simple interface to the menu Gill is all that it will take. The addition should allow multiple alarms, each with some message that the user can choose to input. The application that is triggered can be chosen by the user from some prede...