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Remotely Configurable Multifunction Device User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200999D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

This idea proposes a method to add capability to remotely configure a User Interface (UI) on a network connected device, such as a Multifunction Device (MFD). Using Web technologies, a device administrator would remotely connect to a device and define the configuration of the UI. An Administrator would be provided with a representation of the device's local UI via a web browser with associated controls to facilitate the definition of the interface presentation and layout. Once the desired layout has been completed it can be saved and reflected on the device. This would be easier than having to be physically present at the device to perform the configuration.

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Remotely Configurable Multifunction Device User Interface

This idea proposes a method to add capability to remotely configure a User Interface (UI) on a network connected device, such as a Multifunction Device (MFD). Using Web technologies, a device administrator would remotely connect to a device and define the configuration of the UI. An Administrator would be provided with a representation of the device's local UI via a web browser with associated controls to facilitate the definition of the interface presentation and layout. Once the desired layout has been completed it can be saved and reflected on the device.  This would be easier than having to be physically present at the device to perform the configuration.

The buttons on the MFD Ul’s are fully configurable using an interface local to the physical device.  The UI is often customized into a specific format by hiding or showing relevant features.   Service Engineers or System Administrator’s (SA) have to visit each machine physically in order to configure the machines accordingly. This is very expensive activity and can be taken care more efficiently using this idea.

The idea involves providing a “software tool” that would run on a remote computer, where the SA would be enabled to remotely configure the UI of the device.

With Web 2.0 standardized, we now have the option to visually configure the positioning of icons on the UI using a Web-Browser (Web-UI).  An example is shown below.

The configuration Tool...