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A Method of Natural Control of Remote Consumer Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022227D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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Thomas Patrick Dawson: INVENTOR

Abstract

This is a defensive publication of an idea the we don’t want someone else to try to patent. I would prefer to see this as a publication in the Sony Technical Journal.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50T5393

Title:

A Method of Natural Control of Remote Consumer Devices

Abstract:

This is a defensive publication of an idea the we don’t want someone else to try to patent. I would prefer to see this as a publication in the Sony Technical Journal.

Inventor:

Thomas Patrick Dawson

Description of the Invention:

1.      The subject concerns a home server system with several media devices attached (VCRs, DVD players, etc.) that server video to remote displays placed in various locations throughout the home. The standard approach to device control for consumer products from a remote display is to create one or more "on screen" menus of device controls on the remote device. The user selects items from these menus selections to send control actions to the device being controlled (YCR, DYD player. etc.). This menu interaction is mean to "stand in" for the fact that the device is not physically present at the remote device.

This method of interaction forces the user's attention away from the video content and onto navigating the control menus. In a situation where there is no media server the user controls the device directly through the hand held remote control. Having the remote system force interaction through a series of menus is a different user experience from using the device directly. What is needed is a way to make operating consumer equipment from a remote display the same a when that device is physically present in front of the u...