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Email Controlled Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123565D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hsu, P: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Systems are being developed to control devices over the Internet. These systems are customized to only work a specific way. The inability to be flexible makes those systems less usable. In addition, those systems are synchronous, which means both transmitting and receiving devices need to be on-line at the same time. This means delays in sending signals through the Internet directly affect performance. The system described by this article uses email to control devices and receive messages from devices. With more and more devices being developed to send and receive emails (e.g. two-way pager, personal digital assistant, etc.) it makes this method more usable. In addition, emails can be sent and received with buffers so that it does not directly affect performance. Emails are asynchronous.

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Email Controlled Devices

   Systems are being developed to control  devices over the
Internet.  These systems are customized to only work a specific way.
The inability to be flexible makes those systems less usable.  In
addition, those systems are synchronous, which means both
transmitting and receiving devices need to be on-line at the same
time.  This means delays in sending signals through the Internet
directly affect performance.  The system described by this article
uses email to control devices and receive messages from devices.
With more and more devices being developed to send and receive emails
(e.g. two-way pager, personal digital assistant, etc.) it makes this
method more usable.  In addition, emails can be sent and received
with buffers so that it does not directly affect performance.  Emails
are asynchronous.  For example, users can create a note while working
with their laptop on an airplane and send it when they land.  If
there are network problems, the emails can be stored and forwarded.
The emails can give users a record of all requests.  It can copy
other devices or people when a request is sent.

   This invention creates the ability for devices to connect
to the Internet, receive emails, decode the emails, then perform an
operation.  In addition, when necessary, the device can send emails
to notify the user of certain events.  These devices can be, for
example, home phones, answering systems, door locks, appliances, and
etc.  So, for examp...