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Voice Control – Three Protocols are described below

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246910D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-13

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David E. Burgess: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The purpose of this idea is to provide an alternative to traditional manual controls for operating a lighting system. By utilizing voice activation to control a lighting system, the user is freed from the need to manually interact with a light switch or entry station to control the lights. This would complement the existing manual and sensor based control systems.

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Voice Control – Three Protocols are described below.

Voice Activation of a Lighting Control System

The purpose of this idea is to provide an alternative to traditional manual controls for operating a lighting system. By utilizing voice activation to control a lighting system, the user is freed from the need to manually interact with a light switch or entry station to control the lights. This would complement the existing manual and sensor based control systems.

Current lighting control systems use manual interaction or passive techniques to control the operation of lights in an area. While this works, sometimes it is necessary to control the lights when manual interaction is not possible. Applying the ability to use voice activation to control the lights would allow an alternative to manually switching a switch or installing additional sensors to control the lighting. Also this would allow flexible control that is not possible with sensor based operation. This also supports controlling the lights when physical interaction is not possible, either because the user’s hands are occupied or there is a physical condition that prevents manual interaction with the lighting system.

The voice activation would allow verbal control to adjust light operation.

Current lighting control systems use manual interaction or passive techniques to control the operation of lights in an area. While this works, sometimes it is necessary to control the lights when manual interaction is not possible. Applying the ability to use voice activation to control the lights would allow an alternative to manually switching a switch or installing additional sensors to control the lighting. Also this would allow flexible control that is not possible with sensor based operation. This also supports controlling the lights when physical interaction is not possible, either because the user’s hands are occupied or there is a physical condition that prevents manual interaction with the lighting system.

The voice activation would allow verbal control to adjust light operation. An entry station (wall switch) or other device connected to the lighting system would be equipped with a microphone that would be connected to a processor that is capable of recognizing key phrases used to manipulate the lighting state. This processor would recognize the commands and take appropriate action. The commands could be as simple as “Lights, Turn On”, “Lights Turn Off” or as complex as “Lights start fading up…Stop fading”, “Lights Dim to 50%” or “Lights, Dim Down 20%”.

The command structure would be organized with two parts. The first part would be a simple command word or phrase used to activate the command system. The second part would be a more detailed action command. In the examples above the activation word would be “Lights” and the action commands would be “Turn On”, “Fade up”, “Dim…”, etc.

The entry station or control device would use standard industry...