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Reverse Usage of an Infrared Remote Control for Parasitic Advantage Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015040D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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This is a business method that describes how an electronics manufacturer can save costs on the inclusion of a handheld remote control, by parasitically using an unused device channel of another remote controlled device. The notion of offering a wireless remote control interface to electrical appliances has become normal and ubiquitous. Previously only premium televisions and other appliances incorporated wireless remote controls. Today, almost every electrical appliance has a version which offers a remote controlled interface. For example lights, curtain rods, window blinds, air conditioners, stereo receivers, satellite dishes, CD Players and others all have remote controlled versions. There are lots of remote controlled devices out there. Typically the remote interfaces are implemented using an infrared controller device. These devices are usually similar to the following device: Figure 1. Sample Remote Control