REMOTE VCR/TV CONTROL INTERFACE Box
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Sony Technical Digest
Currently, TVs and VCRs can be programmed only when the user is in front of the set - the user cannot program the TV or VCR when he is in a remote location away from the set, The present invention overcomes this problem by allowing the user to program the VCR or TV from a remote location using a telephone, The box comprising the invention is composed of: ( 1) a microcontroller, (2) a DTMF detector, and (3) a telephone interface circuitry , The box is connected to the telephone line and the TV and/or VCR, In the programming of the box, the VCR is assigned the number "1 " and the TV is assigned the number "2", for example, This allows the selection. of the set to be programmed. The user also has to select an identifying code for the box- "22", for example.