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Cell Phone as Remote Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127547D
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Bob Unger: INVENTOR

Abstract

This technology permits a cell phone to be used as a remote control for kiosks and other displays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Sony Corporation

                                                                                                                                                                Sony Electronics Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                IPD Case #50V8145.01

Title:

Cell Phone as Remote Control

Description of the Invention:

This technology permits a cell phone to be used as a remote control for kiosks and other displays.

Inventor:

Bob Unger

Invention Disclosure:

The first identified potential use is for consumer control over content and signage displayed in a TV store equipped with a content server. Proposals are being developed to deploy such servers in the fall of 2005. 

This invention addresses the issue of user control of displays in public places.  User control must be convenient, robust, and secure. Physical devices in public hands are subject to abuse and theft.  Buttons quickly show signs of wear and touch screens require cleaning and maintenance.

Using a cell phone eliminates concerns about abuse or theft since the user is responsible for his or her own physical device. A single device is not being handled by many people.
Cell phones are almost ubiquitous in today's society. This means that almost everyone that comes in contact with a public display device will...