Publication Date: 2013-Mar-08
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This device allows novice customer to connect all AJV components without any knowledge or need to follow individual component instructions. It allows the customer to control the connection of the components using IR commands from an included Universal Remote Control using simple, intuitive key presses.
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Description: This device allows novice customer to connect all
AJV components without any knowledge or need to follow individual component instructions. It allows the customer to control the connection ofthe components using IR commands from an included Universal Remote Control using simple, intuitive key presses.
One ofthe problems faced by a consumer when connecting a
number ofconsumer electronic products such as a TV, VCR, DVD player, Cable TV Set Top Box, etc. is the complexity ofthe wiring between the products. Often the instructions accompanying the products are confusing. This is compounded by the number of different ways the equipment can be hooked together to provide different functionality. For example,when connecting a set top box (STP),
VCR and a TV together, the consumer has to understand that ifhe wants to record a premium channel from the STB, the TV will only be able to display the channel being recorded. In this case the VCR is connected between the STB and the Tv. Ifon the other hand he wants to record one channel while watching another, the VCR is connected between the cable feed and the sm and the TV is connected directly to the STB.1n this case however he cannot record premium channels since the VCR is connected prior-to the decoding ofthe premium channel decoder (the STB).
Add several additional products and the connections become difficult ifnot impossible for the average home owner.
This product simplifies the problem by providing the user with a series ofconnectors, one for each device. For example, the product
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might provide connectors for the main TV input, a PIP TV input, cable feed, STB input and outputs, VCR inputs and outputs, DVD output, etc. A homeowner simply plugs each component into its labeled connection.
Internal to the product is a series ofelectronically controlled switches which can be controlled to connect any device to any other device. Not all connections make sense. A cable feed would never be connected to a DVD output. They are both video sources. However, all logical connections would be supported by the electronic controls.
The device also contains one or more user interfaces. One method might be a series ofbuttons on the device itself. Another might be an Infrared Remote Control similar to those used to control a TV however with several additional buttons specifically to control this device.
By pressing one or more ofthese buttons, the logic inthe device determines the connections required to accomplish the desired function and causes the switches in the device to make the appropriate conections between the connected products. For example, ifthe homeowner wishes to record one channel while watching another, she might press the following sequence of buttons:
CABLE-VCR which would connect the VCR to the cable feed. Then she would press:
STB-TV which would connect the TV input to the DVD output. Ifshe wanted to record a premium channel, while watching...