Universal remote control with Bluetooth-based advanced device detection and control
Original Publication Date: 2003-Feb-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Feb-14
This invention is a Bluetooth-enabled remote control device that uses standard Bluetooth built-in techniques to discover devices around the house. Once a device is detected, its protocol information can be exchanged and registered with the remote. Thus, no manual programming is required. To help ensure that only those in the home can control their Bluetooth-enabled devices via remote, the user can press a button on the device itself to add its protocol information and register it with the remote. This Bluetooth-only method gives the added advantage that one does not need line of sight as with Infrared (IR) to control a device. This is especially useful for controlling devices in other rooms of the house, like an oven, stereo, or thermostat. The remote control would probably also contain the existing IR technology to allow it to control legacy IR devices.