VIRTUAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT CONTROL SOFTWARE
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Sony Technical Digest
The purpose of this invention is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the component evaluations conducted by component engineers and technicians within a laboratory setting. The invention is a computer program that produces either an exact replica or a near exact replica of each piece of equipment that it communicates with. This program takes a unique approach to laboratory test equipment automation, in that the user views a display that represents the equipment in a virtual model, allowing an intuitive approach to control. An engineer or technician who knows how to use the actual equipment without automated control can easily use the equipment when it is computer-controlled without very much additional training. All controls that are available to the user on the actual equipment are also available to the user on the virtual equipment. Plus, the virtual presentation of the equipment may be broadened to include audio and video equipment through the use of I-Link technology.