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Interface Device for Conventional TVs to Improve Functionality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105250D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Doganata, YN: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a TV interface device, SmartTV Box, which integrates home services, telephone services, and personal services with TV services.

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Interface Device for Conventional TVs to Improve Functionality

      Disclosed is a TV interface device, SmartTV Box, which
integrates home services, telephone services, and personal services
with TV services.

      Although the TV sets have become part of life, their functions
are very limited.  Mostly a TV set is used no more than a receiver.
A number of services, however, can be provided by increasing the
functionality of the TV set with little processing power, memory, and
limited communication capability.  As a result many useful
applications and home services are integrated around this intelligent
TV set.  Users should be able to access these services while watching
a TV program and they will be able to control these services with a
remote controller.  The user interaction will be easy with the
convenience of the TV screen.  Alternative solutions are not yet
practical for home use and they are expensive.  For example, a stand
alone PC that is dedicated for the integration of home services
cannot be a substitute for our system for the following reasons:

1.  It is an expensive device which is not fully exploited at home.
2.  People are PC-shy.  They are not comfortable with the complicated
    operating systems and applications.
3.  PCs are not easily accessible, i.e., it takes time to login and
    to shut down, not to mention installation procedures.

      Another solution is interactive TV which allows user to
interact with a service center to select from a variety of services.
The technology for interactive TV is yet to develop and it might take
some time until it becomes widely available.  To establish a network
for user interaction makes this solution also an expensive one.

      The interface device, called SmartTV Box, provides some useful
functions and services for the households where TV is a part of life,
such as:

o     Programmable alarm clock, other time services,
o     Multi-function calendar, appointment reminder,
o     Personal telephone directory with automatic dialing and
    searching functions,
o     Audio/visua...