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User Interface Download Service for Remote Control Pad

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013292D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device and system that enables to retrofit the user interface of remote controller attached to home appliance for usability improvement. Recent home appliance, e.g. TV, VCR, Air Conditioner, is operated by remote controller attached to the appliance. The controller cannot be replaced or retrofitted easily in case usability problems of the remote controller were found after its product release. The acceleration of Bluetooth and/or wireless communication among appliances and devices exposes the problem described above. Proposed device is a portable terminal or a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) which has a communication capability from/to home appliance by infrared ray, Bluetooth, or other wireless communication and a touch panel screen to operate the home appliance. The device also has an access to the Internet and is capable to download the operation panel for each appliance. Once a manufacturer improves their operation panel, the manufacturer will upload the improved panel in their homepage. The end user of the appliance will download the improved panel into the proposed device to retrofit the user interface. 1