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FINGER BLOCK Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021353D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

John C. Balanza, Jr.


Currently, there is no foolproof way of preventing children from viewing adult channels or programming. The present invention relies on an electronic fingerprint reader, and was conceived with the next generation of Sony televisions in mind - intended to grant parents the power to effectively control what television content their children can view. The Finger Block device is no larger than a two inches by two inches square area, and reads fingerprints electronically. Like the Sony block function presently available on most Sony televisions, the Finger Block can be used in a similar manner to block the viewing of certain TV channels, and can be customized so it also works with VCR+ technology. Unlike the existing Sony block function, however, the Finger Block can only be removed by the person who first initialized the Finger Block with his/her own fingerprint .