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Universal Interactive Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123174D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Byford, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Interactive devices, such as remote control devices (RCD's) for television receivers and audio systems, are typically restricted in their application to those systems for which they have been specifically configured. This restriction can lead to unnecessarily rapid obsolescence and impairs wider application of the device.

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Universal Interactive Device

   Interactive devices, such as remote control devices (RCD's)
for television receivers and audio systems, are typically restricted
in their application to those systems for which they have been
specifically configured.  This restriction can lead to unnecessarily
rapid obsolescence and impairs wider application of the device.

   The improved interactive device described here can recognise
another object, device or system and adapt itself so as to be able
to control it.  For example it may access an application (computer
program) associated with an object, device or system through a WWW
page that can input identification information and return
appropriate control codes.

   The principle is illustrated by the examples described
below.

   The first example is a non-target-specific remote control
device that includes the following features:
  - a means of accessing the internet.
  - a means of reading encoded URLs on objects (eg barcodes)

   The remote contrl device 'reads' an encoded URL (barcode)
on another device (eg television, hi-fi unit, car).  It then
accesses the WWW page at the URL concerned and transmits an
identification code to identify the RCD to an application sitting
behind the WWW page.  The application is able to use this information
to transmit appropriate control codes for the target device to the
RCD.  The RCD is thus enabled to control the external system.  The
RCD may thus be used with any appropriately configu...