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Use of Home Automation to Remotely Control the Personal Computer and Its Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118631D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Paradise, JT: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Advanced telephony functions currently being provided on Personal Computers (PC) are inaccessible away from the PC. Specifically, the answering machine application requires that the on-screen controls be used to make use of the functions provided by the application. In most all homes, the PC is not placed where an answering machine would be conveniently placed. This results in little to no use of an extremely powerful PC application.

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Use of Home Automation to Remotely Control the Personal Computer
and Its Applications

      Advanced telephony functions currently being provided on
Personal Computers (PC) are inaccessible away from the PC.
Specifically, the answering machine application requires that the
on-screen controls  be used to make use of the functions provided by
the application.  In most all homes, the PC is not placed where an
answering machine would be conveniently placed.  This results in
little to no use of an extremely  powerful PC application.

      By merging the capabilities of Home Automation (HA) with
advanced PCs, like IBM's Aptiva*, controlling the PC and specifically
telephony applications are possible.  The HA devices necessary to
provide remote answering machine functions are described below.

      The Remote Answering Machine System (RAM) is comprised of two
devices.  The first is the Remote Console (RC) which is plugged into
a standard 110v electrical outlet.  The RC has typical answering
machine type controls along with a built-in speaker and microphone.

      The second device is the Switch Unit (SU) which is also plugged
into a standard 110v electrical outlet.  The SU provides connections
for the computer speaker and microphone and cables to connect the SU
to the  PC speaker and microphone jacks on the PC.  The SU will
direct the speaker/microphone signals between the standard computer
devices and the  RC device.

      The operation of the RAM is identical to a standard answering
machine as far as the basic functions are concerned.  The RC has a
PLAY, RECORD, SAVE, ERASE, FORWARD, REVERSE buttons, along with
special function buttons 1 - 4, *, and #.  A slide switch is also
present that  will change the definition of the 1 - 4 buttons to 5 -
8.  The RC also  has an indicator that blinks, as well as a beeper
that sounds once a minute, when a message is waiting.  This
eliminates the need to go to the PC to see if a call has been
answered.

      Whenever any button on the RC is pushed, the RC will send a
"wake up" signal to the PC through the computer interface module.
The PC-based HA application will determine that the button push was
from the RC. ...