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Remote Control Finder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202238D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 123K

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Norifumi Takaya: INVENTOR [+4]

Abstract

A mechanism on the TV front panel to call out to a lost remote control and have it buzz or beep to help locate it.

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Sony Corporation

Sony Electronics Inc.

IPD Case # 201003581

Title:

Remote Control FinderĀ 

Description of the Invention:

A mechanism on the TV front panel to call out to a lost remote control and have it buzz or beep to help locate it.

Inventor:

Norifumi Takaya

Kai Liu

John D. Smith

David Tao

Invention Disclosure:

What issues/problems does your invention try to address?

It is a common occurrence for the remote controller of a consumer electronics device to become misplaced or lost. We are to have a mechanism where the TV can communicate to the remote control and request that it provide some detectable response so that the user can locate it more easily.

Explain your invention and specifically identify the new and novel features.

This invention requires that the TV have a communication path to the remote. Recently there are numerous remote controllers available with wireless capabilities such as (but not limited to) RF, Bluetooth, WiFi. The TV would signal to the remote control with a simple message to identify itself and by beeping or buzzing, the remote could report its location. This also could be done with little additional hardware cost if the communication hardware is already there; this could also be done on game controllers such as for the Wii or PS3 which already also have means to make sounds and buzz.

Explain how your invention overcomes the problems described above.

A button on the front panel of the TV could be used to trigger the message to the remote controller...