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Wireless Cabin Entertainment Audio Receiver

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000257182D
Publication Date: 2019-Jan-18
Document File: 6 page(s) / 302K

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Stephen Mead: INVENTOR

Abstract

In-flight entertainment (IFE) systems are one of the features of a business aircraft to keep the passengers happy and satisfied. Currently available IFE systems provide recorded media content, weather information, and live news, among others. Media equipment of the IFE have a very fast update cycle and aircraft sound systems should be integrated with it by requirement. Passengers in the business aircraft prefer viewing or listening to their choice of video and audio using their carry-on devices (mobile phones, tablets and laptops). Carry-on devices provide content that the latest media equipment can provide, and instead of updating the media equipment, a feature to cast or stream of the audio and video content from the carry-on devices wirelessly to the IFE systems will suffice. The proposed solution provides a device that has a wireless input feature for passengers to cast or stream audio and video content from the carry-on devices wirelessly to the IFE systems.

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Wireless Cabin Entertainment Audio Receiver

Stephen Mead

ABSTRACT

In-flight entertainment (IFE) systems are one of the features of a business aircraft to keep

the passengers happy and satisfied. Currently available IFE systems provide recorded

media content, weather information, and live news, among others. Media equipment of

the IFE have a very fast update cycle and aircraft sound systems should be integrated

with it by requirement. Passengers in the business aircraft prefer viewing or listening to

their choice of video and audio using their carry-on devices (mobile phones, tablets and

laptops). Carry-on devices provide content that the latest media equipment can provide,

and instead of updating the media equipment, a feature to cast or stream of the audio

and video content from the carry-on devices wirelessly to the IFE systems will suffice.

The proposed solution provides a device that has a wireless input feature for passengers

to cast or stream audio and video content from the carry-on devices wirelessly to the IFE

systems.

1. Introduction

In-flight entertainment (IFE) systems have become quintessential part in the aircrafts to

keep passengers happy, especially in long-haul flights. Passengers, especially in

business jets, prefer to play their choice of media (audio and video) content in the in-flight

entertainment systems rather than watching or listening to broadcast content, and stored

content that are limited in numbers. This requirement can be fulfilled by updating the

media equipment of the IFE system. Carry-on devices provide content that the latest

media equipment can provide, and instead of updating the media equipment, a feature to

cast or stream of the audio and video content from the carry-on devices wirelessly to the

IFE systems is sufficient. Streaming media content from the hand-held mobile devices to

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in-flight entertainment systems via a wireless connection is a viable option over a wired

connection.

Media content that are protected by digital rights management (DRM) enable media

content to be cast from one device (mobile device, carryon device or handheld device) to

one audio system, rather than to multiple audio systems because not all the casting

devices or the multiple audio systems are equipped with a feature of DRM decryption to

enable playing the audio in multiple audio systems. Passengers of the business jets would

be unable to experience the DRM audio in all the audio systems, leaving them

disappointed.

2. Proposed Solution to the Problem

Two solutions are proposed, one is a retrofit solution and another is a forward fit solution.

In case of the retrofit solution, in-flight entertainment system exists in the aircraft, to which

a wireless audio input feature is added by providing a wireless entertainment audio

receiver. In case of the forward fit solution, an audio system (for communication from

pilots to passengers) exists sans the IFE system, to which the wireless audio input feature

is added by providing the...

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