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Method and Apparatus for Dynamic Media Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200688D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an intelligent apparatus which provides end users automatic and dynamic control over their experience with various media. The invention tracks users within hearing and/or visual range of a media device or devices and dynamically pause/reverse/start/stop media and/or changes the source or audio settings, based on a number of factors.

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Method and Apparatus for Dynamic Media Control

Media is becoming more and more pervasive in everyday life. In some environments, a user might miss a lot of what is happening in a given media due to many factors, including distractions from other people, biological needs or other responsibilities. Additionally, some inappropriate content can be accidentally viewed or heard by an undesirable audience. A better method of control during media interaction is needed.

Control during media viewing, which is currently done manually, can be done dynamically and with better accuracy thorough an intelligent apparatus.

The invention proposes to track users within hearing and/or visual range of a media device or devices and dynamically pause/reverse/start/stop media and/or change source or audio settings, based on a number of factors, including:
• Whether a distraction has occurred and the viewers are not paying attention
• Whether an unauthorized user, such as a child, has entered the area when the content rating is too high for them (or based on other variables)

• When a user moves in and out of the area
- If multiple viewers are present, identify which are paying attention. If no user identified as paying attention is in range, take appropriate action based on preferences.

- Change media source and state as different users come and go (e.g., one is watching DVD (Digital Video Disc) and leaves, one who was watching a cable network returns)

• When viewers are having difficulty focusing on media
- If strain or difficulty hearing is perceived, increase volume, adjust sound properties, or utilize stored levels associated with user and/or media source history

The invention proposes to extend the usage of intelligent remote controls by incorporating means of user identification (locally or by communicating with external devices that can provide the user input) in an attempt to optimize the viewing/listening experience of the user over a period of time.

Input for the system includes:
• User identification/privilege
• User proximity
• User focus
• User expression

The device that controls tracking of input is incorporated into the house or a separate device placed in a room where media is present. The system processes information from the input device and transmits appropriate data to the action device, such as an intelligent remote control device. Whether a change in user factors is perceived as a meaningful event can be determined via moni...