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20100165216Antenna Diversity for Control Device Applications - One embodiment may take the form of a method for routing a signal to a target device. The method may include a control device that may transmit a signal on a first network. The signal may reach devices other than the target device. The devices that receive the signal may recognize that the signal is intended for another device and may transmit the signal on a second network. The signal may be received by the target device via the second network.07-01-2010
20100165217REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE PRESENTATION OF BROADCAST PROGRAMMING - A TV is controlled by a set top box to receive broadcast programming. The set top box includes a processor for causing a selected program to be provided to and displayed on the TV. The set top box is controlled by an external remote control device. The remote control device is able to generate menus detailing programs and other options available and to display those options locally on the remote control device. Therefore, a program presented by the TV is uninterrupted whilst the user considers an electronic program guide displayed on the remote control device. Once the user has made the final choice of a new program to view, a command is issued to the set top box so that the change is made.07-01-2010
20100123834System and Method for Capturing Remote Control Device Command Signals - Methods, systems, and apparatus for learning remote control command signals by a media processing device. In one aspect, a method includes activating a learning mode of operation, presenting an instruction to actuate a control associated with a secondary remote control device, capturing a command signal transmitted by the secondary remote control device while the learning mode is active, generating a mapping that associates a representation of the captured command signal with a media processing device function, and storing the generated mapping in a profile corresponding to the secondary remote control device. Further, a control symbol identifying the control associated with the secondary remote control device can be displayed. Additionally, a progress bar can be displayed indicating a period for which the control is to be actuated.05-20-2010
20090147150REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a remote control apparatus for performing wireless communication with an electronic device, the remote control apparatus including: a reader/writer configured to read and/or write information from or to an information storage medium; and a transmission/reception section configured to transmit and receiving a signal to or from the electronic device via the wireless communication, wherein the transmission/reception section uses the same wireless communication system for both transmission of an operation instruction to the electronic device and transmission of information read from the information storage medium and reception from the electronic device of information to be written to the information storage medium.06-11-2009
20090195704POWER SAVING DEVICE - A television control device including: a housing including a motion detector and a controller; the controller having a first facility that anticipates a state of a television and a second facility that sends a wireless signal to the television, wherein the first facility changes a state of the controller between a first controller state and a second controller state and the second facility selectively sends a predetermined wireless signal to the television, depending on the state of the controller, in response to an absence of movement during period of time being detected by the motion detector.08-06-2009
20100149432INTERACTIVE REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control that includes buttons on the side or bottom may be used to control television viewing provided through a set-top box. In one particular implementation, a method may include receiving, by the set-top box, a signal from the remote control indicating entry to an interactive input mode and receiving another signal from the remote control indicating motion of the remote control. The set-top box may identify an intended command based on the second signal and control television programming in response to the command.06-17-2010
20100053469METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIGITAL BROADCASTING SET-TOP BOX CONTROLLER AND DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM - An apparatus for controlling a digital broadcasting set-top box and a method of driving the apparatus are provided. The apparatus includes a touch pad which senses a touch of a user, converts the sensed touch into an input signal corresponding at least one of a location and a state of the sensed touch, and outputs the input signal; a micro control unit which receives the input signal from the touch pad and converts the input signal into a control signal; and a communication module which receives the control signal from the micro control unit and outputs the control signal to the digital broadcasting set-top box.03-04-2010
20100053465IR SIGNAL CROSS-TALK ELIMINATION - Systems and methods that facilitate the elimination of interference of an IR signal emitted from an IR blaster by the IR signal emitted from a remote control unit. In a preferred embodiment in which an AV device coupled to a television receives IR signals repeated and transmitted by the television over an IR blaster cable, a right hand polarizer lens is positioned on the front of the remote control unit in front of the IR emitter and a left hand polarizer lens is positioned on the AV device in front of its IR detector. In operation, the IR beam emitted from the remote control unit is right hand polarized and is blocked by the left hand polarizer lens. The IR beam emitted from the IR blaster is randomly polarized and passes through the left hand polarizer lens with only a slight attenuation.03-04-2010
20080246890TV interface control system and method with automatic search - An automatic search system and method is disclosed which automatically displays a search menu on a TV in response to opening a remote control having an internal concealed keyboard. Since a text entry keyboard is known to be in use a streamlined search menu may be displayed without an on screen keyboard. A separate on screen keyboard search menu may be activated in a different mode by using the remote in a closed configuration.10-09-2008
20100079681SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GRAPHICAL CONTROL OF SYMBOL-BASED FEATURES IN A TELEVISION RECEIVER - Systems and methods provide for graphically controlling numeric, alphanumeric or other symbol-based features on a set top box (STB) or other television receiver. A keypad image is presented on the display that includes key images corresponding to the symbol-based features. A two-dimensional input is received from the remote control that indicates one of the key images, and imagery on the display is updated in response to the received two-dimensional input.04-01-2010
20130076989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING CONTROLLING DEVICE FUNCTIONALITY - A controlling device is automatically configured to issue a communication directly to a first controllable appliance to control a functional operation of the first controllable appliance in the event that the first controllable appliance is determined to be unresponsive to a command communication transmitted to the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link or to issue a communication to a second controllable appliance to control the functional operation of the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link in the event that first controllable appliance is determined to be responsive to a command communication transmitted to the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link.03-28-2013
20130076990METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS BASED ON MOTION RECOGNITION, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - An electronic apparatus and a method for controlling thereof are provided. The method for controlling the electronic apparatus controls a level of a volume of a provided broadcast signal or provides another broadcast signal if a broadcast signal is provided in response to a recognized user motion, and changes at least part of a screen on which a provided content is displayed if a content is provided in response to the recognized user motion.03-28-2013
20090122206REMOTE CONTROLLER FOR SETTING MODE ACCORDING TO STATE OF BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS - A remote control apparatus for setting a mode according to a state of a broadcast receiving apparatus is provided. The remote control apparatus sets operation modes based on information regarding a state of a broadcast receiving apparatus received from the broadcast receiving apparatus. The operation mode of the remote control apparatus is automatically set based on information regarding a state of a broadcast receiving apparatus, so less power is consumed in the remote control apparatus.05-14-2009
20120176552DISPLAY APPARATUS CONTROLLED BY MOTION AND MOTION CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A display apparatus is provided, which includes a motion recognition unit which recognizes a motion of an object that is located outside the display device, and a control unit which, when the motion of the object is recognized, determines a change amount that varies according to a motion speed or a motion distance of the object, and performs an operation which corresponds to the motion of the object according to the change amount. Accordingly, channel change or page shift can be easily performed.07-12-2012
20100118211SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF A TELEVISION WITH A MANUALLY ACTUATABLE ELEMENT - There is provided a system and method for remote control of a television with a manually actuatable control element. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a remote control for a television with a manually actuatable control element. The remote control may comprise a manually actuatable control element configured to generate a signal in response to an activation of the control element by a user, wherein the signal is generated at one of a plurality of different levels based on a characteristic of the activation, and a control system configured to receive the signal and to produce one of a plurality of television commands in response to the signal, wherein the command produced corresponds to the level of the signal.05-13-2010
20130083252GESTURE RECOGNITION CAPABLE PICTURE VIDEO FRAME - The invention is using gesture recognition technology to feed into a computer controller that will then manipulate a video image playing back on a screen, such that the video image reacts as a user would see it looking out a window.04-04-2013
20100045878AV APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - According to one embodiment, an AV apparatus is set in an infrared/radio receiving mode, where operation information received by an infrared ray receiving module for receiving operation information transmitted using infrared rays and operation information received by a radio wave receiving module for receiving operation information transmitted using radio waves are accepted, and when operation information is received by the one reception module within a previously set predetermined time from the reception of the operation information by the other receiving module, only the operation information received by the infrared ray receiving module is accepted.02-25-2010
20130083251VIDEO PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE - A video projector is provided with a projector body configured to project light to display an image and including a signal receiver and a memory which stores data. A remote controller is configured to control the projector body from a distance and includes a storage medium connector, to which an information storage medium is connectable in a removable manner, and a signal transmitter, which transmits a signal receivable by the signal receiver through wireless communication. The remote controller transmits the data stored in the information storage medium, which is connected to the storage medium connector, from the signal transmitter through wireless communication. The projector body stores the data received with the signal receiver in the memory and displays an image based on the data stored in the memory after the signal receiver completes receiving the data from the signal transmitter.04-04-2013
20130038801WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD - According to one embodiment, a wireless communication apparatus includes an interface module, a first wireless communication module, a second wireless communication module, and a power controller. The interface module configured to exchange content data and device control data with a first device. The first wireless communication module configured to wirelessly exchange the content data with a second device with consuming first power. The second wireless communication module configured to wirelessly exchange the device control data with the second device with consuming second power which is lower than the first power. The power controller configured to turn off power of the first wireless communication module when the first device does not exchange the content data.02-14-2013
20130038800Universal User Interface App and Server - A method and system for universal user interface is provided. The method comprises steps for downloading from a web server and installing a universal user interface App software (UUIA) to a mobile device of a user, the user's indicating a type of a connected device on the UUIA, the mobile device's being connected to a web server, the user's identifying the connected device on the UUIA, the web server's searching a database to retrieve and install a driver for the connected device, the user's selecting the type of the connected device on the UUIA, and the UUIA's providing a universal user interface for the connected device on the mobile device.02-14-2013
20100045877AUDIO-VISUAL (AV) APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, an audio-visual apparatus that has received operation information transmitted using infrared receives a response signal via a radio frequency from a remote controller set to a combination mode transmitting operation information using both infrared and a radio frequency. The remote controller that has received the response signal transmitted from the AV apparatus within a predetermined time is automatically set to a temporary infrared only mode transmitting operation information using infrared only in place of the combination mode.02-25-2010
20130033649METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS BASED ON MOTION RECOGNITION, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - An electronic apparatus and a method for controlling thereof are provided. The method for controlling the electronic apparatus controls a level of a volume of a provided broadcast signal or provides another broadcast signal if a broadcast signal is provided in response to a recognized user motion, and changes at least part of a screen on which a provided content is displayed if a content is provided in response to the recognized user motion.02-07-2013
20130155334ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic apparatus, control method thereof, remote control apparatus that controls the electronic apparatus, and control method thereof. The remote control apparatus includes a communication unit which communicates with the electronic apparatus; a user input unit which receives a user button selection indicating an input button; a sensing unit which senses movement of the remote control apparatus; and a control unit which controls the communication unit to transmit information about the user button selection to perform a function corresponding to the input button if the remote control apparatus is in a button input mode, and to transmit information about the movement of the remote control apparatus to the electronic apparatus to control the electronic apparatus by the movement if the remote control apparatus is in a motion recognition mode. Accordingly, controlling a game or a multimedia content is easier, and the user is provided with a new and interesting experience.06-20-2013
20100066920DISPLAY APPARATUS, REMOTE CONTROLLER, DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are display apparatus, remote controller, a display system and a control method thereof. The display system includes a display apparatus and a remote controller for controlling the display apparatus. The display apparatus includes: a first communicating unit that communicates with the remote controller; and an image control unit that generates control item information for controlling a predetermined control item, transmits the generated control item information to the remote controller, and controls the control item according to a control signal received from the remote controller. The remote controller includes: a second communicating unit that receives the control item information from the display apparatus; a user selection unit for selection by a user; and a remote control unit that allocates a control function for controlling the control item to the user selection unit and outputs the control signal corresponding to the control function selected by the user to the display apparatus.03-18-2010
20130070163REMOTE CONTROL WITH WEB KEY TO INITIATE AUTOMATIC INTERNET SEARCH BASED ON CONTENT CURRENTLY DISPLAYED ON TV - A remote control (RC) for an audio video display device (AVDD) such as a TV has a special “web” key which, when pressed, causes the RC to command the TV to upload, the currently presented screen shot (or current audio, or current key words in closed captioning (CC)) to a searching device such as an Internet server, the RC processor, or the TV processor. The searching device executes a search based on images recognized in the screen shot Or audio or key words from the CC. If multiple objects are detected a list of the objects may be presented on the TV display or RC display for selection of one by the viewer. The selected object or sole recognized object is then searched using an Internet search engine and the results returned for display.03-21-2013
20110001887Zero standby power RF controlled device - A remotely controllable electronic appliance has a radio frequency energy converter that receives a radio frequency energy from a remote controller and converts the radio frequency energy to electrical energy, where the electrical energy from the energy converter is used to supply power to receive a turn-on code. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.01-06-2011
20130050585Remote Resource Access Interface Apparatus - A remote resource access interface apparatus is provided. A key input unit has keys for generating input key values. A communication unit transmits a connection establishment request message including screen resolution information to, and receives a connection establishment response message including supportable key information from, a portable device. The communication unit transmits input key information to and receives video information from the portable device after establishing the connection. A pixel information processing unit converts the video information to pixel signals for a video output unit to display as a visual image. A key advisor unit extracts supportable key information from the response message and outputs the supportable key information to the video output unit. The video information is video data adjusted in resolution based on the screen resolution information, and the input key value is mapped to one of key values indicated by the key information of the portable device.02-28-2013
20130088648DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING META DATA ACCORDING TO COMMAND SIGNAL OF REMOTE CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - A method of controlling a display device, and which includes receiving, via a receiving device, video data and meta data corresponding to the video data from an external source device; displaying, on a display of the display device, the received video data; receiving, via a controller, a motion command signal from a remote controller associated with the display device; and selectively displaying metadata corresponding to at least one object included in the displayed video data on the display in accordance with a particular motion of the remote controller identified by the motion command signal.04-11-2013
20130088649REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, REMOTE CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - A remote control apparatus, a remote control method and a display apparatus are provided. The remote control apparatus includes a communicator which communicates with an electronic device in a wireless manner; a connector configured to be connected to an external input device; a signal processor which receives an input command which is transmitted by an external input device connected to the connector, and converts the input command into a wireless signal; and a controller which controls the communicator to transmit the wireless signal to the electronic device.04-11-2013
20130088650TELEVISION SIGN ON FOR PERSONALIZATION IN A MULTI-USER ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods according to the present invention provide sign on systems for devices, e.g., televisions, which balance ease of use with security and access control that is amenable to, e.g., household usage.04-11-2013
20130208191Portable Video Enhancement Apparatus - A Portable Video Enhancement Apparatus. The apparatus includes a magnification lens, a video device holder and a collapsible housing. In operational mode configuration, the collapsible housing is designed to provide a viewing cavity and a stable medium for the magnification lens and the video device holder. In portable mode configuration, the collapsible housing is designed to have a relatively small volume. The collapsible housing comprises a plurality of support members. The magnification lens and video device holder are situated within the collapsible housing. The magnification lens and video device holder are designed to have different positions within the collapsible housing depending on whether the apparatus is in operational mode configuration or portable mode configuration.08-15-2013
20120218477ERGONOMIC LEARNING REMOTE CONTROL - A parentally superintended remote control unit (SCU) physically engineered and electronically adapted to the special operating requirements of toddlers and preschoolers is disclosed. The parentally superintended remote control unit comprises at least one enclosure ergonomically designed to fit the hands and digits of said toddler, at least one toddler oriented button operated graphical unit interface (GUI), offering access to at least one electronic device function. In addition the remote control unit comprises at least one computerized processing means; at least one memory means adapted to store said parentally customizable specifications; and at least one communication means adapted to enable communication between said control unit and an electronic device preferably a TV.08-30-2012
20130057778EASY RF REMOTE CONTROL PAIRING FOR NETWORKED SET TOP BOXES - A television service provider system includes a first set top box, a second set top box, and a remote control. The remote control transmits an infrared pairing signal which is only received by one of the set top boxes. The receiving set top box pairs itself to the remote control. The non receiving set top box is not paired to the remote control. The remote control then transmits control signals to operate the receiving set top box. The control signals are received by both set top boxes, but are executed only by the set top box that is paired to the remote control.03-07-2013
20130057777DETECTING BATTERIES WITH NON-UNIFORM DRAIN RATES - A remote control is powered by multiple batteries connected in series. The remote control includes a voltage comparison circuit configured to compare a midpoint voltage from a node connecting two of the batteries to a reference voltage. The remote control is able to determine if there is a non-uniform drain rate in the batteries based on the comparison.03-07-2013
20090237572Image display device and image display method - An image display device and an image display method are disclosed, each of which can adjust a display luminance so as to be sufficiently suitable for human adaptability to brightness. A display device main unit includes a display section and a luminance control section for adjusting a display luminance of an image displayed on the display section, and a remote controller includes: a signal transmission section for transmitting a signal; a light receiving section for measuring brightness of received light; and an operation input section for inputting a detail of control for the display device main unit, and the light receiving section measures brightness of light received from a direction of the display device main unit in association with an input operation performed with the operation input section, and the signal transmission section transmits information on the brightness to the display device main unit, and the luminance control section of the display device main unit adjusts the display luminance of the image, displayed on the display section, in accordance with the information on the brightness.09-24-2009
20090237573Remote control and method of using same for controlling entertainment equipment - A universal smart remote control includes intelligence software and algorithms that have been programmed into the remote control's microprocessor memory, and a large display which is used to prompt the user to take certain actions. The remote control provides guidance to the user in setting up and operating the various components of his or her entertainment system, and asks the user non-technical questions that are understandable to the user.09-24-2009
20110205446ONE BUTTON REMOTE CONTROL WITH HAPTIC FEEDBACK - An input system for a TV remote control or other system has a single touch surface with a deformable haptic assembly below the touch surface such that a user placing a finger on the touch surface can feel deformation of the haptic, assembly. A pressure sensing assembly is below the haptic assembly and sensing motion of a finger on the touch surface, with a processor receiving input from the pressure sensing assembly and providing output to the haptic assembly in response. Also, a display receives input sent by the processor in response to input from the pressure sensing assembly to cause the display to present a changing image of a keypad as a user moves a finger on the touch surface.08-25-2011
20130188098REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL TERMINAL - A remote control system includes a portable terminal, a display device and a control terminal. The portable terminal has a first display component with a first touch panel. The control terminal wirelessly communicates with the portable terminal. The control terminal has a second touch panel that detects a user touch operation, and a wireless transmission component that wirelessly sends coordinate information indicative of a touched position of the user touch operation on the second touch panel to the portable terminal. The portable terminal further has an operation execution component that executes an operation associated with a position on the first touch panel that corresponds to the touched position of the user touch operation on the second touch panel based on the coordinate information, and a first video transmission component that sends image of an execution screen of the operation to the display device through a transmission cable.07-25-2013
20120236209SMART REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE WITH TEXT EDITING AND BATCH TRANSMITTING FUNCTIONALITY - A smart remote control device is disclosed having local text editing functionality. User can use the smart remote control device to input and edit text and URL address using the local mini keyboard and display device; the smart remote control device can send the edited text in batch. The particular applications of this smart remote control device include smart TV and media center computers.09-20-2012
20130162913SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a signal processing apparatus includes a memory, an allowing module and a controller. The memory is configured to store at least one application. The allowing module is configured to allow execution operation of the application. The controller is configured to control to selectively execute one of a first application stored in the memory and a second application stored in an external device, based on the execution operation.06-27-2013
20110080530DISPLAY APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING DATA - Disclosed are a display apparatus, a system and a method for outputting data, the display apparatus including: a video signal processor which processes a video signal; a display unit which displays an image based on the processed video signal; an encoder which encodes data into binary data; a light emitting diode (LED) unit which outputs a visible ray signal corresponding to the binary data; and a controller which controls the encoder to encode the data into the binary data, and controls the LED unit to flicker to output the visible ray signal based on the binary data to an outside in response to a request for an output of the data. Accordingly, the existing LED unit mounted to the display apparatus can be used for wireless communication based on visible ray, thereby enhancing economical efficiency.04-07-2011
20090161027TOUCH SENSITIVE WIRELESS NAVIGATION DEVICE FOR REMOTE CONTROL - Remote control of an electronic device is achieved by retrieving a description of a control surface associated with the electronic device, rendering a graphical representation of at least portion of the control surface on a screen in accordance with the description and navigating the graphical representation using a navigation device that is remote from the first electronic device. The graphical representation may include multiple controls. The electronic device is operated in accordance with controls selected using the navigation device. The graphical representation may be displayed on the navigation device or on a remote screen. The controls to be displayed may be selected automatically dependent upon a selected operating mode.06-25-2009
20120133844ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD - According to an aspect, an electronic device includes a display unit, an operation unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays a screen corresponding to an application during execution thereof. The operation unit is operated in order to input a character. When an operation for a character input is performed through the operation unit while the screen corresponding to the application is displayed on the display unit, the control unit displays an input character on the display unit while maintaining a state in which the screen corresponding to the application before the character is input is displayed.05-31-2012
20120075538REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM, TELEVISION SET AND PAIRING METHOD - An RF remote control paired with a first device can be paired with a second device connected to the first device via HDMI-CEC by an easy user operation. A pairing method uses a system including a television receiver (03-29-2012
20100171887REDUCED INSTRUCTION SET TELEVISION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - The claimed invention relates to an interactive television system including a controller for converting the hand motion of the user into acceleration data of three axes by a single 3-axis accelerometer 07-08-2010
20120086868APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TAMPER LOCKING ELECTRONICS - A remote control designed to operate an electronic device comprising: a housing, a plurality of buttons arranged on the housing, and a single button is designed to lock the plurality of buttons on the remote control.04-12-2012
20090147151REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS - A remote control apparatus for remotely operating an electronic device. The remote control apparatus including: an operation section having a plurality of operation keys; and a reader/writer configured to read and/or write information from or to an information storage medium, wherein in said operation section, at least one of the plurality of operation keys is arranged so as to overlap a read/write portion of said reader/writer, the read/write portion being used for the reading and/or writing of the information from or to the information storage medium.06-11-2009
20120086869USING TV TO PROGRAM UNIVERSAL REMOTE COMMANDER - A TV prompts a user to point a device remote commander (RC) at the TV and to press a key on the device RC where the key is associated with a predetermined infrared signal. The TV then accesses a data store on an Internet server with a request to correlate the coded signal from the device RC to a list of devices. A list of devices is then presented to the user. The user then selects a device from the list, which causes the TV to send command codes for the device to a universal remote commander (URC). The user is thereafter able to control the audio video device using the URC instead of or in addition to the device RC.04-12-2012
20100265413BROADCASTING SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND PAIRING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a broadcasting signal receiving apparatus, a remote controller and a pairing method thereof, the pairing method of the remote controller performing bidirectional communication with the broadcasting signal receiving apparatus and including: sensing a key input for a control instruction for controlling the broadcasting signal receiving apparatus, wherein the key input is selected from among a plurality of keys on the remote controller; transmitting a broadcasting signal to the broadcasting signal receiving apparatus, wherein the broadcasting signal corresponds to the key input and includes first identification information of the remote controller; and storing second identification information of the broadcasting signal receiving apparatus received from the broadcasting signal receiving apparatus. Thus, the identification information for performing the RF communication may be transmitted in response to a voluntary selection on the RF remote controller.10-21-2010
20110285920INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus includes an information processing apparatus main body and a remote controller capable of controlling the information processing apparatus main body. The information processing apparatus main body includes a connection unit capable of being connected with an electronic apparatus, a first storage unit to store model identification information, and a control unit to perform control so that display information of a model selection screen for causing a user to select a model of the electronic apparatus with the remote controller is supplied to the electronic apparatus, the model is determined, and model identification information corresponding to the model is transmitted to the remote controller. The remote controller includes a plurality of keys, a transmission unit, a second storage unit to store a list of control codes assigned to the plurality of keys, and an assignment unit to assign the control codes to the plurality of keys.11-24-2011
20100201891METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A UNIVERSAL DEVICE CONTROLLER USING PEER TO PEER COMMUNICATION - Methods and apparatus relating to wireless remote control are described. A communications device, such as a cell phone with peer to peer signaling capability, supports remote control functionality. The same communications device can be used as a universal wireless remote controller for a plurality of different remotely controllable devices including, e.g., a television, a DVD player, a light switch, a garage door opener, etc. The communications device monitors for and detects peer to peer signals from remotely controllable devices in its local vicinity. The communications device maintains a list of remotely controllable devices in its vicinity based on the detected peer to peer signals. The universal remote control user interface is configured in accordance with the maintained list. The universal remote controller provides a user interface which varies based on the device to be controlled.08-12-2010
20110298991WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - The wireless communication device includes a terminal communication transition unit for sending a transition instruction for transitioning to a state in which communication with a communication terminal is possible, a terminal communication unit that transitions to a state in which the communication with the communication terminal is possible in response to the transition instruction sent by the terminal communication transition unit, a signal generating unit for generating a transition instruction signal corresponding to the transition instruction, a transmission unit for wirelessly transmitting the transition instruction signal generated by the signal generating unit to an information processing device, a reception unit for wirelessly receiving a response from the information processing device to the transition instruction signal transmitted from the transmission unit, and a terminal communication control unit for starting to control information transmission/reception between the communication terminal and the information processing device according to the response received by the reception unit.12-08-2011
20100277653MULTIPURPOSE INFRARED APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS THEREOF - The present invention relates to a multipurpose infrared apparatus and a display apparatus thereof. The display apparatus includes a display panel and the multipurpose infrared apparatus, wherein the multipurpose infrared apparatus includes an infrared light emitted diode (hereinafter refer to as, IR LED) transmitter, an IR receiver and a microcontroller. The IR LED transmitter is used for transmitting infrared ray. The IR receiver is used for receiving infrared ray. The microcontroller utilizes the Time-Division Multiplexing method to control the IR LED transmitter and receiver to achieve the distance detecting, the remote control signal receiving and an ambient light detecting.11-04-2010
20110292300INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - A system and method for establishing communication between an information processing apparatus and a communication device which are capable of communicating with each other in a plurality of communication modes. The method includes receiving at least one request from the communication device at the information processing apparatus, and transmitting at least one response to the at least one request, the at least one response being transmitted from the information processing apparatus to the communication device when the information processing apparatus is in a first communication mode, and not transmitting at least one response when the information processing apparatus is in a second communication mode.12-01-2011
20110292299SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - The invention, in one embodiment, is directed to a controller apparatus for controlling an electronic device by sensing and processing a user's interactions with an object and, particularly, for controlling and interacting with a media guidance application implemented on an interactive user equipment device. The controller apparatus may include a platform, a liquid container, and a stirring rod. The platform may include sensors of various kinds for detecting a user's interactions with any one of the components of the user interface system. The controller apparatus may also include sensors for sensing environmental conditions and use the sensed conditions to interact with the media guidance application or any other applications or electronic devices.12-01-2011
20100033638Systems and methods for awarding affinity points based upon remote control usage - Systems and methods for providing and promoting television programming, advertisements, and other content to selected viewers. A display is provided on a remote control device, prompts are provided on the display, and viewer responses to those prompts are monitored, stored in memory, and thereafter processed to reward viewers for responding properly to the prompts. Various methods for promoting such programs are also described.02-11-2010
20090195703Display control apparatus including a remote control function and a storage medium having stored thereon a display control program - A display control apparatus connected to a display apparatus, which is remotely controllable through wireless communication, generates a first video/audio signal for displaying a first image on the display apparatus, and outputs the first video/audio signal to the display apparatus. Either of a first signal pattern indicative of a command to cause the first image based on the first video/audio signal to be displayed on the display apparatus or a second signal pattern indicative of a command to cause a second image based on a second video/audio signal, which is obtained from a device different from the display control apparatus, to be displayed on the display apparatus is selected, and a wireless signal of the selected signal pattern is outputted to the display apparatus through the wireless communication. Information determined based on the signal pattern of the outputted wireless signal is informed from an apparatus different from the display apparatus.08-06-2009
20090195705INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - According to one embodiment, an information processing device includes an output module which outputs video and audio information, and a processing circuit which processes the video and audio information to be output from the output module. The processing circuit includes a key-operation module which is operated to input a command, a remote controller light receiving module which detects a command input from a remote controller, and a control module which controls the output module based on a command obtained from each of the key-operation module and the remote controller light receiving module. The control module is configured to confirm which one of the key-operation module and the remote controller is used to input the command and change an output state of the output module for an operator who is at a position apart from the output module when the command is input from the remote controller.08-06-2009
20090190042METHOD OF CONTROLLING FIRST INFORMATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE TO SECOND INFORMATION APPARATUS - According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method of controlling a first information apparatus connectable to a second information apparatus having a display, the second information apparatus being capable of reproducing video image based on video information obtained from a remote source independently from the first information apparatus, the method has storing command code information of the second information apparatus in association with identification information of the second information apparatus, receiving a command indicating a power-on operation of the second information apparatus while the second information apparatus is connected to the first information apparatus, executing a software program upon confirmation of the command indicating the power-on operation of the second information apparatus in reference to the command code information and outputting image data produced by the software program to the second information apparatus so as to display an image corresponding to the image data on the display.07-30-2009
20120026412REMOTE CONTROLLABLE DEVICE WITH OFFSET REMOTE RECEIVER - An exemplary remote controllable device includes a remote receiver for receiving an external remote control signal. The remote receiver is located at one side of a main operation surface relative to a center reference plane of the main operation surface. A direction pointing from the center reference plane to the remote receiver determines a reference direction. The remote receiver includes a remote receiving head and a protection window with another center reference plane. The remote receiving head is offset from the center reference plane of the protection window in a direction the same as the reference direction.02-02-2012
20090128714ELECTRONIC DEVICE, REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE, AND REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM - An electronic device includes a wireless receiving circuit for receiving signals transmitted from a remote control unit, a core circuit having a digital signal processing circuit for processing input signals and configured to perform at least one of display processing and record processing based on signals processed in the digital signal processing circuit in accordance with a control signal transmitted from the remote control unit and received by the wireless receiving circuit, and a preliminary activation circuit for starting electric power supply to the digital signal processing circuit to thereby activate the digital signal processing circuit when a pre-operation state where the remote control unit is expected to be operated during stoppage of electric power supply to the core circuit has occurred.05-21-2009
20090141184MOTION-SENSING REMOTE CONTROL - A motion-sensing remote control is described. In an embodiment, a television remote control can include various sensors that sense a motion of the device. The television remote control also includes an integrated circuit that receives a motion signal corresponding to the motion from the sensors and converts the motion signal into a remote control command. The television remote control further includes a light source that is activated by the integrated circuit to communicate the remote control command to a television client device to initiate a device action. In another embodiment, a television remote control can include various sensors that sense a motion of the device. The television remote control can also include computer-executable instructions that execute on a processor to translate the motion into a remote control command, and initiate communication of the remote control command to a television client device to initiate a device action.06-04-2009
20100277654Advertising apparatus - An advertising apparatus 11-04-2010
20090310032Remote controller, transmitting and receiving apparatus and method - In a system, tabulated information on broadcasting programs is supplied through a network. When a user selects information on a desired program from the tabulated information of programs, supplemental information attached to the individual program information is converted into an remote control signal to remote-control a user's receiver to receive the desired program.12-17-2009
20090147149Television receiver and radio frequency device for electromagnetic wave type remote control used therein - The resent invention provides a television receiver including: a radio frequency section for an electromagnetic wave type remote control, the radio frequency section configured to transmit and receive an electromagnetic wave to and from the electromagnetic wave type remote control; and a retaining section configured to retain said radio frequency section for the electromagnetic wave type remote control; wherein said radio frequency section for the electromagnetic wave type remote control includes a radio frequency circuit board section, an antenna part, and a ground connecting section, said retaining section includes a conductive column support standing on a bezel, a column support standing on said bezel, and a conductive sheet metal parallel with said bezel and fixed to said conductive column support.06-11-2009
20100123835RADIO LSI DEVICE AND INTERFERING WAVE DETECTING CIRCUIT - A radio LSI device includes an interfering wave detecting circuit that receives an RSSI signal for a current transmit/receive channel. The interfering wave detecting circuit includes a field intensity determiner that determines whether or not the value of the RSSI signal is greater than a predetermined threshold value. The interfering wave detecting circuit also includes a duration counter that counts the duration of an interfering wave whose RSSI value is greater than the predetermined threshold value. The interfering wave detecting circuit also includes a duration comparator that, if the duration exceeds a duration comparative value, generates an interrupt signal. The radio LSI device changes the setting of the current transmit/receive channel in response to the interrupt signal.05-20-2010
20100118209SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER SAVING VIA CONTEXT BASED COMMUNICATION - A system and method for generating remote control signals to control a device while conserving power. The method includes receiving an input command for communication to the device to be controlled and determining a use context based on the input command. Based on the context determination, communication over an infrared transmitter and a radio frequency transmitter is adjusted for power savings where one transmitter is typically active. The input command may then be sent via the infrared transmitter or the radio frequency transmitter. At the completion of the usage mode, the operational states of the transmitters can be switched.05-13-2010
20100118210TECHNIQUES FOR IMPLEMENTING A CURSOR FOR TELEVISIONS - Techniques for implementing a cursor or other similar widget for televisions include outputting a graphical user interface including a widget and any combination of objects on a television Thereafter one or more key events may be received from a remote control. The graphical user interface can be updated by moving the widget in response to each direction key activation if the one or more key events indicate activation of one or more direction keys on the remote control. In addition, a function designated by a given object may be initiated in response to the activation of the enter key if the widget is determined to be proximate the given object.05-13-2010
20090207319Apparatus which converts remote control signal, remote controller, remote control apparatus, and remote control method - A remote-control-signal conversion apparatus is disclosed. The remote-control-signal conversion apparatus receives a radio control signal from a remote controller, converts the radio control signal into an infrared control signal, and transmits the infrared control signal to an external device. When the apparatus identifies the external device, the apparatus transmits a plurality of infrared control signals to the external device. The apparatus identifies device identification information of the external device based on a response from the external device. The apparatus radio transmits the identified device identification information to the remote controller. The apparatus transmits the device identification information and a control code corresponding thereto as the infrared control signal received from the remote controller to the external device. The apparatus transmits the infrared control signal to the external device.08-20-2009
20100079682SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION OF A REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE - A remote control device establishes a bi-directional communication with a television receiver and uploads a set of remote control codes associated with a target component selected by the user. One method includes storing, within a television receiver, a set of remote control codes associated with a corresponding set of component types; presenting a component-selection user interface; receiving a target component type selected from the set of component types presented by the component-selection user interface; determining, from the set of remote control codes, a target remote control code associated with the target component type; and transmitting the target remote control code to the remote control device.04-01-2010
20100079680SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURATION OF A REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE - A remote control device establishes a bi-directional communication with a television receiver and uploads a set of remote control codes associated with a target component selected by the user. One method includes storing, within a television receiver, a set of remote control codes associated with a corresponding set of component types; presenting a component-selection user interface; receiving a target component type selected from the set of component types presented by the component-selection user interface; determining, from the set of remote control codes, a target remote control code associated with the target component type; and transmitting the target remote control code to the remote control device.04-01-2010
20080239167Remote Control of Interactive Television by Telephone - A method and system for managing television programs are provided. Accordingly, a viewer initiates a call connection to a remote server using a telephone unit, and the server interactively issues a command signal indicative of the program desired by the viewer. The command signal is transmitted to a receiver or a television unit to display or navigate through a television program of interest to the viewer.10-02-2008
20090262255Method and apparatus for remote control of audio visual systems - The invention provides a method for improving the functionality of the jump button associated with television, cable/satellite receiver, or any other multi-channel device controlling remote control. The apparatus provides a jump button with the ability to access a wide variety of channels in an intelligent manner. At present, the jump button has the functionality such that the jump to location associated with selecting the jump button is the previously viewed channel, regardless of how the current channel being viewed is selected. The invention disclosed herein is a method of performing jumps on a device like a remote control in a more useful manner.10-22-2009
20090262254SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING A LOW BATTERY DETECTION THRESHOLD OF A REMOTE CONTROL - Various embodiments of systems, methods and apparatus are provided for adjusting a low battery detection threshold in a remote control. An embodiment of a method includes determining a type of a battery powering a remote control of an entertainment device and determining a first low battery threshold for the battery based on the type of the battery. The first low battery threshold indicates a low battery condition of the remote control. Responsive to measuring a voltage of the battery, a determination is made regarding whether the voltage of the battery is below the low battery threshold. Responsive to determining that the voltage of the battery is below the first low battery threshold, a low battery message is transmitted to an entertainment device. The entertainment device utilizes the message to present an indicator to a user regarding the low battery condition of the remote control.10-22-2009
20090102984MEDIA RETURN SYSTEM - A remote control provides a return to channel feature for use with a media device adapted to play media but not itself equipped with a return to channel feature. The remote control stores a primary channel in memory and is programmed such that, in direct response to a first input being manually provided to a remote control, a timer in the remote control is caused to commence a timing of a predetermined interval such that, in response to expiration of the predetermined interval timed by the timer, the remote control is caused to transmit a command signal corresponding to the primary channel stored in memory to the media device.04-23-2009
20090102983SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING MEDIA DEVICES - Systems and methods process an input received from a remote control. A media stream is presented on a display, and the input from the remote control is received at a local device associated with the display. The local device may determine if the input is intended for the local device or a remote device. If the input is intended for the local device, the input may be processed at the local device. Various interface features, for example, may be managed at the local device. If the input is intended for the remote device, a signal may be transmitted from the local device to the remote device to thereby allow the remote device to respond to the input.04-23-2009
20090296002NETWORK VIEWS FOR A MULTI DISPLAY NETWORK SUPPORTING CEC - Method and devices for discovering, maintaining and updating network views of a multi display network supporting CEC. Some embodiments include determining CEC logical addresses of HDMI-CEC devices coupled to HDMI-CEC ports using selective CEC message generation and handling. Other embodiments eliminate an HDMI-CEC device from selected cluster trees upon identifying TMDS communication.12-03-2009
20090296004Information processing device and information processing method - An information processing device of the present invention includes: a display portion that displays an image; a remote control information receiving portion that receives operation information transmitted from an external operation device; a content determination portion that determines, based on the received operation information, an instructed position and an operation content that are instructed by the external operation device with respect to the display portion; a cursor screen inside-outside determination portion that determines whether the instructed position is on an inside of the display portion; and a screen outside operation portion that performs control such that an action in accordance with the instructed position and the operation content is performed when it is determined that the instructed position is on an outside of the display portion.12-03-2009
20090141185BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING CHANNEL THEREOF - A broadcast receiving apparatus and a method for switching a channel thereof are disclosed, the broadcast receiving apparatus including a channel switch unit which monitors the condition of a channel used to communicate with a remote controller, and sets a new channel to be switched with a current channel if the channel condition is inappropriate for communication; and a transceiver which transmits a channel switch request message to request a channel be switched to the new channel set by the channel switch unit. Therefore, the broadcast receiving apparatus is easily switch a channel used to communicate with a remote controller irrespective of a sleep mode of the remote controller.06-04-2009
20120293722Relay Device and Speaker Apparatus - A relay device includes: a housing including: a first surface; and a second surface which is different from the first surface; a light signal receiving element operable to receive a light signal from outside, the light signal receiving element provided at the first surface of the housing; a light emission element operable to emit light responsive to the light signal received by the light signal receiving element; and a longitudinally elongated light guide member provided at the second surface of the housing, the light guide member to which the light emitted from the light emission element is incident, the light guide member including an emission part which causes the incident light to be emitted to outside from a lateral surface of the light guide member, the lateral surface which extends along a longitudinal direction of the light guide member.11-22-2012
20100103329SYSTEM USING DOT-READING OPERATING APPARATUS TO OPERATE TV SET-TOP-BOX - A system using a dot-reading operating apparatus to operate a TV STB is provided, which includes: a channel-selecting table, the image code which is preset on an object surface printed the channel-selecting table and includes the dot-reading information code, a dot-reading operating apparatus which includes an operating-signal processing module comprising an operating-signal receiving module, an memory module, an operating processor and an operating-signal transmitting module which includes a remote signal receiving module, a remote control memory module, a remote control processor, and a remote signal transmitting module receiving the data signal from the remote control processor and transmitting the data signal. The system can be realized by tiny structure changes or loading software to the dot-reading apparatus and TV STB of prior ate, and the cost is reduced.04-29-2010
20110025925SIMPLE-TO-USE OPTICAL WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL - A system and method for controlling operation of a video display device include a wireless remote control having at least one image sensor for detecting at least one marker generally fixed relative to a video display, determining projected position of a cursor relative to the marker, and generating a command for the video display device based on position of the cursor.02-03-2011
20090296003METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SPOOFING CEC MESSAGES - Methods and devices for emulating HDMI-CEC devices, sub networks, or messages, including selecting the properties of an HDMI-CEC device to be emulated from at least two devices representing different functionalities, and initiating spoofed CEC messages.12-03-2009
20090033806CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - According to the present invention, a plurality of apparatuses can be synchronously controlled by a simpler operation. A synchronous control information management unit 02-05-2009
20080278635Applications for remote control devices with added functionalities - A handheld wireless device for controlling an electronic device. Ambient noise is automatically detected using a microphone and user preference parameters (e.g., volume) are adjusted, compensating for the detected noise. Plurality of signals are sent and received, operable to determine the location of the remote control, thereby operable to automatically tune various user preference parameters (e.g., surround sound). The remote control may be used as a telephone. When receiving a call, the caller information may be displayed using a popup window (e.g., on a television set). A call may be answered and the program may be paused/recorded/muted. The electronic device is automatically configured by identifying the user. A reader may read information on a payment card in a contactless manner. In one embodiment a radio frequency signal is used to reduce interference with LCD wavelength. The remote control may respond to a user command in order to be located.11-13-2008
20080303961Inputs switching device - The present invention discloses an inputs switching device, includes: a plurality of external inputs accepting unit to accept different external inputs; a switching order storage unit to store a switching order of the external inputs to be output; an external inputs switching unit to switch the external inputs to be output sequentially as set forth within the stored switching order in response to a pressing of an operation key; and a non-switching unit to make the external inputs switching unit not to switch a specified external input that is specified from the external inputs of the switching order.12-11-2008
20110267549REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF TELEVISION CONTROL - A remote control method controls a television (TV) set to perform functions using an electronic device. The method controls a camera connected with the electronic device to capture an image in front of the TV set when the TV set is turned on. The method analyzes the captured image to determine whether a hand image of a user exists in the captured image, and extracts the hand image from the captured image upon the condition that the hand image exists in the captured image to determine a hand sign of the user according to the extracted hand image. The method generates a remote control signal for controlling the TV set according to the determined hand sign, and controls the TV set to perform a function according to the remote control signal.11-03-2011
20080246889METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING HELP - Provided are a method and apparatus for providing help information about manipulating an apparatus. The method includes determining help information to be provided according to a state of button manipulation by a user, determining at least one notifying method for providing the help information referring to behavior pattern information of the user, and outputting the help information to a user manipulator using the at least one notifying method.10-09-2008
20080259220System and method of navigating previously viewed channels - The disclosure is directed to systems and methods of navigating previously viewed channels. In a particular embodiment, a method may include maintaining a channel list in a memory, the channel list comprising multiple previously viewed channels. The method may also include receiving a first signal to select a first selected channel in the channel list. The method may also include tuning a channel tuner to the first selected channel.10-23-2008
20090051824REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM - A remote control system which controls plural devices connected to a bus, and which includes: a set top box (02-26-2009
20100141851Method for Enabling User Control of an Apparatus06-10-2010
20090161026REMOTE CONTROLLER - A remote controller for controlling a display device includes a first image sensor, a processing unit and an activation mechanism. The first image sensor is for sensing an object and forming a digital image. The processing unit is coupled to the first image sensor for calculating image variations of the object on the digital image, correspondingly controlling the display device according to the image variations and deactivating the first image sensor after the remote controller is idle for a predetermined period of time. The activation mechanism is coupled to the first image sensor for re-activating the deactivated first image sensor.06-25-2009
20110205445TELEVISION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A television (TV) control system and method controls a TV set to perform functions remotely. The system includes a hand-held electronic device and a bridge device. The hand-held electronic device includes an accelerometer and a signal generation module. The accelerometer senses a moving direction of the hand-held electronic device when a user operates the hand-held electronic device, and analyzes the moving direction to generate a direction analysis result. The signal generation module generates a remote control signal according to the direction analysis result. The bridge device receives the remote control signal transmitted from the hand-held electronic device, and controls the TV set to perform functions according to the remote control signal.08-25-2011
20090185080Controlling an electronic device by changing an angular orientation of a remote wireless-controller - A wireless remote controller for controlling multiple devices, including devices for home entertainment center such as TV, set-top box, audio and video recorders and players. The wireless remote control system is implemented to integrate and signals received from these devices for displaying selectable control items on an image display screen. The remote controller interfaces with the wireless remote control system to select different operation functions for each of these devices by physically moving and rotating the remote controller with requiring pressing down buttons on the remote controller in change selection items displayed on the image display screen.07-23-2009
20090027565Bi-Modal Switching for Controlling Digital TV Applications on Hand-Held Video Devices - A portable digital television (DTV) comprises a processor and a navigational button arrangement. The processor of the portable DTV controls the navigational button arrangement to have at least a bi-modal operation. In one mode of operation, the navigational button arrangement provides a navigational interface to a user and, in another mode of operation, the navigational button arrangement provides an interactive application interface to the user.01-29-2009
20090273718Remote Control System for Remotely Controlling an Electronic Card Connected to a Television Screen or Monitor and Associated Method for Transmitting Control Signals - A remote control system is provided for remotely controlling, by the hand of a user, an electronic card connected to a screen (monitor or television). This remote control system includes at least: a keypad, an onboard processor and a system for transmitting signals intended for the electronic card. A method for reproducing the keypad of the remote control system on a zone of reduced size superimposed on the image of the screen is provided. The image of the keypad on the screen displays virtually, and in real time, the position of the thumb of the hand of the user placed on the remote control system. The image of the keypad on the screen, referred to as zone of reduced size, is more preferably located in a corner of the screen in such a way as to not hide the broadcast image. Finally, a method for transmitting control signals using a remote control system controlled by the hand of a user intended for an electronic card connected to a television screen or monitor is provided.11-05-2009
20120069247ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM INTERFACE SYSTEM, ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM INTERFACE PROVIDING APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM INTERFACE, AND PROGRAM - An electroencephalogram interface system includes: a presentation section for presenting multiple options to a user, the multiple options being manipulable items concerning manipulations of a device; a selection flicker control section for flickering each option; an inference section for inferring one option corresponding to a desired manipulation of the user by utilizing an event-related potential of an electroencephalogram of the user, the event-related potential being based on the flickering of each option as a starting point; a confirmation flicker control section for effecting confirmation flickering of the one option inferred; a determination section for determining whether the inferred option corresponds to the desired manipulation of the user by utilizing an event-related potential of the user's electroencephalogram, the event-related potential being based on the confirmation flickering of the one option as a starting point; and an output section for executing a process which is in accordance with the determined result.03-22-2012
20090185081REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a remote control apparatus for communicating with an electric apparatus by radio communication, including: a plurality of operation keys; a transmission/reception section for transferring a signal to and from the electric apparatus by the radio communication; and a control section having at least a power control function for controlling the power of the remote control apparatus; the control section controlling the transmission/reception section to a normal power state until a predetermined period of time elapses after a signal is inputted thereto by an input of any of the operation keys to enable transfer of a signal from the electric apparatus by the transmission/reception section, the control section controlling the transmission/reception section to a low power consumption state after the predetermined period of time elapses.07-23-2009
20080316371APPLIANCE REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A remote control apparatus and method of using are disclosed for controlling an electronic appliance such as a television set, radio, computer, or other. The remote control apparatus may include a hand held housing, a wireless transmitter for sending signals to the appliance, and a manually operated rotary controller for causing operation adjusting signals to be generated and supplied to the transmitter.12-25-2008
20090015726RECEIVER AND RECEIVING SYSTEM PROVIDED THEREWITH - In a receiving system including an analog TV 01-15-2009
20090213279PROJECTOR SYSTEM, PROJECTOR, AND REMOTE CONTROLLER - A projector system includes a projector which has a plurality of image input sections receiving image input signals, and a remote controller which remotely operates the projector, the remote controller including an operation unit which has a plurality of selection operation sections correlated to the plurality of image input sections, and a signal generation and transmission unit which generates an operation signal corresponding to an operation of each of the selection operation sections, and transmits it to the projector, and the projector including a receiving unit which receives the operation signal transmitted by the signal generation and transmission unit, a picture processing unit which generates a display picture signal from the image input signals, based on the operation signal received by the receiving unit, and a projection section which projects a picture based on the display picture signal, wherein, in the event that the receiving unit receives at least two of the operation signals within a predetermined time, the picture processing unit generates a display picture signal which represents a combined picture based on the image input signals corresponding to the operation signals received within the predetermined time.08-27-2009
20090213278Remote control method and remote control apparatus - A remote control method for a device under control which selects one of an information signal of the device under control and an information signal from at least one external device is disclosed. The device under control is inquired about an information signal selection state when a key in common with the device under control and the external device is operated on an operation section. A remote control signal corresponding to the key that has been operated is transmitted to the device under control when the information signal selection state replied from the device under control represents a signal selection state of the device under control. A remote control signal corresponding to the key that has been operated is transmitted to the external device when the information signal selection state replied from the device under control represents a signal selection state of the external device.08-27-2009
20090051823REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD - A remote control apparatus for a remote control system using a wireless communication is disclosed. A second designation section designates a category of an electronic device as a pairing target. A transmission section broadcasts a signal which contains information representing the pairing and the category designated by the first designation section and the second designation section. A reception section receives a reply from an electronic device whose category is identical to the category represented by the information contained in the signal, the reply containing identification information of the electronic device and information which represents an electric field intensity of the signal received by the electronic device. A control section decides an electronic device which has transmitted a reply containing information which represents a maximum electric field intensity when a plurality of replies have been received.02-26-2009
20090086110REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD EMPLOYING RANDOM ADDRESSING - A remote control device is presented which includes a user interface, control logic, a memory and a transmitter. The user interface is configured to accept an input from a user. The control logic is configured to generate a random number as an address for the remote control device, and to generate a command for an electronic device based on the input from the user. The command comprises the address. The memory is configured to store the address for the remote control device. The transmitter is configured to transmit the command to the electronic device.04-02-2009
20090231493SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING CONTENT PLAYBACK - A method for controlling playback of content is disclosed. The content may be played using a playback unit. The method may include monitoring the content. The method may also include determining whether a portion of the content being displayed on a display device contains any actionable zones that are configured for facilitating user input. The method may also include showing a copy of the portion of the content on a touch-screen device if the portion of the content contains at least one or more actionable zones. The copy of the portion of the content may contain at least a copy of the one or more actionable zones.09-17-2009
20110228172ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE COVER ADAPTED AGAINST INFRARED RADIATION - A cover of an electronic appliance capable of receiving infrared type signals from a remote monitoring device, the cover including a receiving area intended to be placed facing an infrared receiver of the electronic appliance, wherein the receiving area includes, placed at least partially in or on the receiving area, a filtering element configured to reduce the intensity of infrared signals received by the electronic appliance, the filtering element being constituted of an ink covering at least partially other areas of the cover.09-22-2011
20110221974SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TV - The invention relates to a gesture recognition system for remote controlling a TV, which comprises: (a) video capturing device for capturing a video sequence of a user which is composed of video frames, and conveying the same into a hand tracker; (b) hand tracker module for receiving said video sequence, inspecting each of said video frames for possible inclusion of a user hand within it, and when a hand is determined to be found in a frame, calculating the hand centroid, and outputting the centroid coordinates into a trajectory buffer; (c) trajectory buffer for receiving from said hand tracker each of said hand centroid coordinates, and maintaining in storage at least several tens of recent hand centroids, that altogether define a trajectory; (d) trajectory segmentation module for continuously inspecting said buffer for possible inclusion of relevant trajectories that are suspected to relate to a hand gesture pattern, and whenever a relevant trajectory is detected, extracting a trajectory segment of the same, and conveying it into a gesture classifier; and (e) gesture classifier for extracting from each received trajectory segment global feature parameters of the same, comparing said extracted global feature parameters with gesture global predefinitions, concluding whether the segment relates to a specific gesture command, and in the affirmative case, transferring the command to the TV.09-15-2011
20090102982TELEVISION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A television includes a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits and receives video data to/from an external apparatus connected to the television, a connection terminal, which is connected to the transmitting and receiving unit, and located on a side of the television, and a control unit configured to inhibit the transmitting and receiving unit from outputting video data from the connection terminal unless an instruction removing the inhibit is received.04-23-2009
20090244403REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE PROGRAMMING - A method and apparatus for assisting a user in programming a universal remote control. More specifically, a method and apparatus for helping the user reestablish system configurations, providing feedback, instructing the user, and supplying system information.10-01-2009
20090316054Characteristic Voice Dependent Recognition Wireless Universal Remote control Capabilities - A Characteristic Voice Dependent Recognition Wireless Universal Remote Control Capabilities has a power management mode controller with an Alternative Satellite long range wireless cordless phone functionality that includes administer change of controls conditions between communication equipment and universal remote control equipment bridged between a base unit with Satellites server features are provided as part of or as an overlay in order to assist the user in control management wirelessly without key/buttons press, or LCD screen display unit and may emulate a wireless EPABX—electronic private automatic branch exchange. The universal remote control provides Characteristic mode controller functionality wherein an overlay is placed over a display device and can be any of a variety of different display devices, such as a cathode ray tube (CRT) television, plasma/flat panel television, liquid crystal display (LCD), projector, and so forth, and the universal remote control equipment for remote control of plurality remotely controlled electronics on screen overlay on screen display of communication entertainment equipment. An interactive Characteristic overlay is displayed on the full-screen display. Both program content and media Characteristic mode controller content are displayed on a full-screen display such as a television. An interactive Characteristic overlay is displayed, and this interactive Characteristic overlay is of voice dependent and can be displayed independent of any user request for the overlay to be displayed automatically upon set program during which reception of the direction mode indicator indicates that the mode controller selection command is made for the device. The notification icon can be selected by a user by biometric mechanism, or by automatic preprogramming mode controller to respond, and in response to such a selection the interactive Characteristic overlay is displayed to the user.12-24-2009
20090251619Remote Control Device Personalization - Techniques to personalize a remote control device are described. In an implementation, a remote control device includes a display device and one or more modules. The one or more modules are configured to determine an identity of a user and initiate one or more control functions related to control of a display of content by a client. The one or more modules are also configured to personalize a display of representations of the one or more control functions on the display device based on the determined identity of the user.10-08-2009
20100014005REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM, TELEVISION SET AND REMOTE CONTROLLER - A remote control system of the present invention is provided with a TV apparatus (01-21-2010
20100157168Multiple, Independent User Interfaces for an Audio/Video Device - An audio/video device may be part of or coupled to a video display, such as a television. The audio/video device may sync up with dedicated remote controls and remote controls, such as cellular telephones, that are not dedicated to the audio/video device. As a result, multiple independent displays may be provided, including a first display on said video display that may, for example, be a television program and a second display on each of one or more remote controls. The remote controls may display desired information independent of other remote controls and independent of the video display. For example, the remote controls may display an electronic programming guide, while the video display displays a television program.06-24-2010
20100157167DISPLAY SYSTEM AND REMOTE CONTROL FOR USE THEREWITH - A display system includes a presentation display and a remote control for operating the presentation display. The remote control includes a connector for receiving a memory device and a preview display, the remote control can send wireless communications to said presentation display in a first mode for controlling the presentation display, and sending wireless communications to said presentation display in a second mode for displaying data stored in the memory device.06-24-2010
20100157166Method and Apparatus for Enabling Channel Selection - A method for enabling channel selection for an electronic apparatus such as a television signal receiver is performed via a user input device having a key capable of being rotated and pressed. According to an exemplary embodiment, the method includes enabling selection of a plurality of channel numbers to form a group, enabling a first one of the channel numbers to be selected as a initial channel number in response to the selection of the plurality of channel numbers in the group, enabling display of the initial channel number, enabling display of a second one of the channel numbers that is larger than the initial channel number if the key is rotated in a first direction, enabling display of a third one of the channel numbers that is smaller than the initial channel number if the key is rotated in a second direction, and tuning to one of the initial channel number, the second channel number and the third channel number responsive to depression of the key.06-24-2010
20100157171DIGITAL INTERCONNECT OF ENTERTAINMENT EQUIPMENT IN THE HOME - A method for configuring a controlling device to command functional operations of at least one controllable appliance. The method includes the steps of receiving at the controlling device from the at least one controllable appliance, via a first communication channel, data indicative of an identity of the at least one controllable appliance and using the data indicative of the identity of the at least one controllable appliance to configure the controlling device whereby, in response to activation of one or more command keys of the controlling device, the controlling device will be caused to transmit to the at least one controlling device, via a second communication channel, those commands selected from a library of commands that are appropriate for commanding functional operations of the at least one controllable device.06-24-2010
20100157169ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL SIGNAL SENDING METHOD IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - [Object] To make it possible to control a CEC-non-compliant device connected to a television receiver by using a remote control sender of the television receiver.06-24-2010
20100165215Communication control systems and methods - The present invention generally relates to various communication control systems capable of controlling operations of their target modules with their control modules. More particularly, the present invention relates various communication control systems including control modules and target modules and capable of controlling various operations of the target models with the control modules wirelessly. To this end, the control and target modules are preferably provided with various transmitters as well as receivers for receiving user inputs by the control modules, converting the user inputs to command signals, transmitting the command signals to the target modules, and then controlling the operations of the target module accordingly. The present invention also relates to various methods of controlling the operations of the target modules of the communication control systems with the control modules of the system wirelessly and various methods of receiving the user inputs, converting the user inputs to the command signals, transmitting the command signals to the target modules, and recognizing the signals by the target modules. The present invention further relates to various processes for providing such communication systems and various control and target modules thereof.07-01-2010
20130215331RADIO FREQUENCY POWERED REMOTE CONTROL - Described herein is a remote control for controlling audio/visual equipment. The remote control may include an input device, a transmitter, and a power generation device. The input device may be for receiving commands from a user. The transmitter may be for transmitting instruction signals to audio/visual equipment, where the instruction signals may be based at least in part on the commands received from the user. The power generation device may be for providing power to the transmitter. The power generation device may receive at least a first radio frequency signal and convert at least the first radio frequency signal into direct current power.08-22-2013
20100259692SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF LIVE TV CAPABILITY FOR TV SCREENS - A system for remote control of live TV capability for TV screens, the system comprising satellite feeds (10-14-2010
20100157170SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF A TELEVISION WITH A REMOTE CONTROL - There is provided a system and method for a television remote control system. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a remote control, a control element configured for vertical movement, horizontal movement and axial movement, and a television configured to activate various television features upon receiving a signal from the remote control indicating an activation direction of the control element, wherein the television is configured to activate a volume control feature when the activation direction is a first or second direction and the television is operating in a viewing mode, and wherein the television is configured to activate a television content selection feature when the activation direction is a third or fourth direction and the television is operating in the viewing mode, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth directions are each different.06-24-2010
20110058107Remote Control and Gesture-Based Input Device - A remote control controls an audiovisual apparatus, such as a TV, using conventional physical inputs, such as buttons, or by controlled movement of the remote control. Circuitry connected to the physical inputs generates command signals for receipt by and operation of the apparatus. The command signals, such as On or Change Channel, correspond to control functions for the apparatus. The remote control also includes a motion sensor and motion circuitry connected to one another and constructed to generate at least some of the command signals when the body has been moved in predetermined manners for receipt by and operation of the apparatus. The remote control can therefore be operated using either the physical inputs or by moving the remote control in at least one of the predetermined manners. In some examples the motion sensor comprises a MEMS sensor.03-10-2011
20100208146SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN AUDIO INDICATOR VIA A REMOTE CONTROL - Apparatus, systems and methods are described for outputting audible or visual indicators via a remote control for a controlled device. A remote control queries an associated controlled device for information. The controlled device generates a request for the remote control to activate an audio or visual indicator. The request is integrated with a response to the query that is transmitted to the remote control. The remote control outputs an audio or visual indicator responsive to the request.08-19-2010
20100091198REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM, REMOTE CONTROLLER, AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD - The present invention provides a remote controller that allows obtaining information of a desired broadcast program at an arbitrary place and checking whether it is possible to make a reservation for the program on the spot. A remote controller 04-15-2010
20090290072REMOTE CONTROLLER, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A remote controller of controlling an electronic device, the remote controller includes: an input unit; a communication unit which communicates with at least one electronic device to receive an identification code of the electronic device if a condition for receiving the identification code is satisfied, and a remote-controller controller which stores the identification code received from the electronic device, and selects the stored identification code so that the electronic device corresponding to the selected identification code is controlled through the input unit.11-26-2009
20110109812TV REMOTE CONTROL SIGNAL LOG - An interceptor detects command signals from a TV remote control and logs the signals. The signals can be correlated not just to channel number but also to programs by accessing a program/channel database. A log of channels/programs that have been viewed by, e.g., a child can thus be obtained and viewed by a parent.05-12-2011
20100195001NON-PROGRAMMABLE UNIVERSAL REMOTE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A TV detects the capabilities of connected components to respond to various function commands. Subsequently, when a non-programmable remote control is used to select a component and then generate a function command, the TV determines if the component can respond to the command and if not, the TV dynamically alters the commanded function or the selected component.08-05-2010
20130128127REMOTE CONTROL METHOD, REMOTE CONTROLLER, REMOTE CONTROL RESPONSE METHOD AND SET-TOP BOX - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a remote control method, a remote controller, a remote control response method, and a set-top box. The remote control method includes: sensing a user selection operation event, and judging a type of the user selection operation event; when the type of the user selection operation event is corresponding to an operation control mode type, sending a user selection operation event message; when the type of the user selection operation event is not corresponding to the operation control mode type, switching an operation control mode. The remote control method complies with a use habit of a user in terms of operation control mode switching, so that the user may trigger operation control mode switching through natural association without special learning, thereby improving a user experience effect.05-23-2013
20090147148INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD - There is provided a technique which, in the case where the operation has not occurred in a manner as expected by the user, determines from which standpoint the operation was not as expected, and makes a response that is closer to the expectation.06-11-2009
20110128451APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - There is presently provided a method and an apparatus for control of an electronic device. An exemplary method comprises sending a command signal to an electronic device from a remote control and in response receiving information relating to the command from the electronic device. The exemplary method further comprises displaying an indication on a display of the remote control where the indication corresponds to the command and is constructed based on the information received from the electronic device.06-02-2011
20090059092ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device is electrically connected to an external electronic device. The electronic device includes an assignment component, a memory component and a control component. The assignment component is configured to assign control codes that control operations of the external electronic device to a plurality of control keys of a remote control to generate assignment information indicating corresponding relationship between the control codes and the control keys of the remote control. The memory component is configured to store the assignment information generated by the assignment component. The control component is configured to control the external electronic device based on the assignment information stored in the memory component when the control component receives an operation signal indicating that one of the control keys of the remote control is operated.03-05-2009
20100302461IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - An image display device and method may be provided for pairing with a remote control device for transmitting a command to the image display device. Upon power-on, the image display device may be paired with the remote control device. When the image display device is power-on, a guide screen may be displayed to indicate how to pair the image display device with the remote control device. A user may easily pair the remote control device with the image display device through the pairing guide screen.12-02-2010
20100315563REMOTE CONTROLLER AND DISPLAYING METHOD THEREOF - A displaying method for a remote controller for remotely controlling a broadcast display apparatus includes displaying information of at least one external device connected to the broadcast display apparatus, transmitting a control command to control a selected external device which is selected from the at least one external device to the selected external device through the broadcast display apparatus, receiving a result of executing the control command of the external device in response to the control command, and displaying the result of executing the control command and a control menu for controlling operation of the selected external device.12-16-2010
20100315562REMOTE CONTROL AND TELEVISION AND POWER INDICATION SYSTEM - A remote control for an electronic device includes a plurality of keys, a power supply, a power control unit, a code modulating unit, and a transmitter. The plurality of keys generates different first electrical signals when actuated. The power supply is operable to power the remote control. The power control unit detects a voltage of the power supply, and generates a second electrical signal when the voltage of the power supply falls below a predetermined value. The code modulating unit generates different key code signals according to the different first electrical signals, and a switch code signal according to the second electrical signal. The transmitter converts the different key code signals and the switch code signal into different wireless signals, and transmits the different wireless signals to the electronic device.12-16-2010
20090066854UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL UNIT - A universal remote control having universal inputs for controlling a plurality of devices, such as a TV, DVD player, etc. In addition, the unit has a clock and a radio, preferably both AM and FM, and other features such as a flashlight, alarm, LCD indicator, etc., all in one compact unit.03-12-2009
20090066853REMOTE CONTROL WITH RECESSED KEYPAD - A TV remote control has a recessed keypad so that if the remote is laid face down the keys will not be activated by the weight of the remote.03-12-2009
20110115985Associating a Control Device with an Electronic Component - A method and device for associating a remote with a component. The method and system may include receiving a control command from the remote. Upon receiving the control command, an identification signal may be transmitted to a display. The identification signal may include information for identifying the component. The remote may be associated with the component based on the identification signal.05-19-2011
20110242432ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - In one embodiment, there is provided an electronic device. The electronic device includes: a first communication module configured to: transmit a confirmation request to an external device to confirm whether the external device supports an operation command or not; and receive, from the external device, a response including information as to whether the external device supports the operation command or not; a receiver configured to receive a remote controller signal from a remote controller; a second communication module configured to transmit the operation command corresponding to the remote controller signal, to the external device; and a reporting module configured to report that the operation command is not supported by the external device, when the response includes the information that the operation command is not supported by the external device.10-06-2011
20090033807Real-Time Dynamic Tracking of Bias - A bias value associated with a sensor, e.g., a time-varying, non-zero value which is output from a sensor when it is motionless, is estimated using at least two, different bias estimating techniques. A resultant combined or selected bias estimate may then be used to compensate the biased output of the sensor in, e.g., a 3D pointing device.02-05-2009
20130155333ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR REMOTELY OPERATING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device executes a certain process when first data for instructing the electronic device to begin the certain process has been received from an external apparatus, and stops the certain process when the external apparatus has not been detected as a certain apparatus and when a first time has elapsed since the certain process was executed, even if second data for instructing the electronic device to stop the certain process has not been received.06-20-2013
20090219452ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus which displays image data input from an input source on a display screen, the apparatus includes a communication unit which communicates with an external apparatus, a menu display processing unit which displays an operation menu to operate the electronic apparatus on the display screen, a receiving unit which receives a control signal transmitted from a remote control unit, and a control unit which determines whether the operation menu is displayed on the display screen when the control signal received by the receiving unit is a control signal adapted for both control of the external apparatus and operation of the operation menu, and executes operation of the operation menu in accordance with the received control signal when the operation menu is displayed on the display screen.09-03-2009
20110211131IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY UNIT AND REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE - A television set (an image display unit) detects a state thereof, that is, what kind of image is being displayed, and when the state is changed, the television set transmits state information corresponding to the detected state to a remote control (a remote control device). When the remote control receives a state information, the remote control displays the state of the television set corresponding to the received state information in a display section.09-01-2011
20110085089APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CONTROL IN HOME NETWORK - A master Audio/Video (AV) device and at least one slave AV device based on a Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) network remotely control a state of each other. Thus, the at least one slave AV device can share the contents stored in the master AV device. The at least one slave AV device controls an operating state of the master AV device in a remote place, allowing a subscriber to more easily enjoy the contents stored in the master AV device.04-14-2011
20110176063DISPLAYING PROJECTOR STATUS VISIBLY - The status of a ceiling mounted projector is provided. Status is provided wirelessly to a remote control (RC) of the projector. Or, status is projected on the screen using a separate projection method such as a laser or light emitting diode (LED), which projects a color corresponding to status or which projects the status using words.07-21-2011
20100014004TELEVISION AND METHOD WITH IMPROVED VOLUME CONTROL - A television includes a memory, a processor, and a volume adjusting application stored in the memory. The volume adjusting application is configured for execution by the processor to provide at least two-step volume control of audio signals converted from television programs. In a first step, the volume of the audio signals is quickly adjusted from a normal level to a background level by operating a mute key provided on a remote control. In a second step, the volume of the audio signals is completely muted by further operating the mute key provided on the remote control. Therefore, the volume of the audio signals can be adjusted without having to repeatedly hitting conventional volume control buttons provided on the remote control.01-21-2010
20100053463MULTI-MEDIA SYSTEM WITH CEC RIGHT TRANSFERRING MECHANISM AND METHOD THEREOF - A HDMI standard multimedia system includes a source device, a plurality of TVs, and a CEC right arbiter. The CEC right arbiter transfers the right of CEC to an appropriate TV of the plurality of TVs according to each status of the plurality of TVs.03-04-2010
20100053466SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TELEVISION WITH INTEGRATED SURROUND PROJECTION SYSTEM - Systems and methods that facilitate the use and operation of a television with an integrated sound projection system. The sound projector preferably comprises an array of speakers configurable to project beams that reflect off the walls and ceiling to create surround sound. In one embodiment, sound can be projected and/or the television can be oriented automatically as a function of the location of the television remote control unit.03-04-2010
20100060802ENHANCED TELEVISION SERVICES - A method and system to permit TV viewers to interact with program content broadcast over a subscriber network, such as cable, satellite, internet, or cellular telephone. The details of the ability for the viewer to interact is embedded as data in the program signal. The subscription provider broadcasts a visual indicator as a small icon during programming that informs the viewer that interaction is permitted. The viewer then uses a remote control to purchase products, vote on events, respond to polls, download files, request information, and request callback actions. The TV viewer uses the remote control to send information to a set-top box front-end application, and to iteratively create transactions that are batched and then sent to a back-end core application and database which then handles fulfillment.03-11-2010
20100053468DEVICE IR SETUP USING IR DETECTOR - Systems and methods that allow the user to press one key on the device's remote to setup the IR codes for an AV device to be controlled by a universal remote control unit or centrally controlled by a television over IR blaster cables. In a preferred embodiment, the IR signal detection system of a television or a universal remote control unit is used to detect and learn the IR code corresponding to a single key, preferably the power key, on a remote control for the AV device to be controlled. Once the code corresponding to the key of the remote control unit pressed by the user is learned, the control system will search for a matching code in IR code tables stored in memory, which include IR code sets for different AV devices. Once a match is found, the control system will assign the corresponding code set to the AV device for future control.03-04-2010
20100053461SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INTERNET TELEVISION REMOTE CONTROL - A handheld electronic apparatus for communicatively coupling a user and a display device is disclosed. In one embodiment, the handheld electronic apparatus includes a user interface configured to accept an user input, the user interface further includes a first interface configured to accept the user input via a keypad, and a second interface configured to accept the user input via a touchpad. The handheld electronic apparatus also includes a processor configured to generate a signal by processing the user input, and a transmitter adapted to transmit the signal generated by the processor to the display device.03-04-2010
20100053464STATIONARY REMOTE CONTROL TRANSMITTING DEVICE - In a controlling mode wherein control content for rotational operation control of a controlled device has been selected through an inputting operation of an inputting switch, a displaying unit that is provided on a surface of a case that is displayed on the rotational center axis side of an operating unit displays the rotational operation directions for rotational operation control, to perform rotational operation control of a controlled device in a rotational operation direction displayed on the displaying unit by a rotational operation of an operating unit in a direction that matches the rotational operation direction that is displayed on the displaying unit.03-04-2010
20100053462Remote control security - A television receiver device consistent with certain embodiment is controlled by a remote controller has an infrared receiver that receives control signals from the remote controller. An infrared transmitter transmits signals from the television to the remote controller. A processor, upon receipt of a control signal from the remote controller sends a challenge signal to the remote controller in order to obtain a reply from the remote controller. Upon receipt of a reply to the challenge, the processor determines if the reply is correct and if so, executes the command associated with the control signal, wherein if the reply is incorrect, the command is not executed. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-04-2010
20110075053Remote Control Signal Receiver And Electronic Device - A remote control signal receiver includes a plurality of signal reception units. Each signal reception unit includes a light reception window arranged in a housing of an electronic device and a light reception element arranged in the housing facing toward the light reception window. The light reception elements of the signal reception units are mounted on a circuit board. A transmission barrier prevents infrared noise entering the housing through the light reception window of one of the signal reception units from being transmitted to the light reception element of another one of the signal reception units.03-31-2011
20110075052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACTIVITY BASED CONFIGURATION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - A command value corresponding to an activity key of a controlling device is associated with a configuration of an entertainment device in which at least one of a plurality of devices is selected as an audio visual input source device for the entertainment device and at least one of the plurality of devices is selected as an audio visual output destination device for the entertainment device. When the entertainment device receives from the controlling device a signal which includes the command value corresponding to the activity key of the controlling device, the entertainment device accesses and uses the configuration associated with the command value corresponding to the activity key of the controlling device.03-31-2011
20110075051RFID-BASED WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL USING VARIABLE ID FIELD - A TV remote control is powered using RFID principles from an electric field generated by the TV and so the RC requires no batteries. The RC changes the ID field of the data packet it transmits based on what button was pushed so that a first button is associated with a first ID, a second button is associated with a second ID, and so on. In this way, only a single RFID tag need be provided in the RC.03-31-2011
20120200783CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A control device may include a control unit to control transmission of a predetermined control command to a controlled device, when an operation surface is put face down is detected from a detection result of at least one sensor indicating the operation surface is put face down.08-09-2012
20110211132GRID SIGNAL RECEIVER AND WIRELESS POINTING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a grid signal receiver and a wireless pointing system having the same. The grid signal receiver receives a signal of a grid pattern from a grid signal transmitter and determines motion of the grid signal transmitter, the grid signal receiver including a slope sensor in addition to a motion sensor for sensing motion of a grid, the slope sensor sensing a slope of the grid to sense a slope of the grid signal transmitter.09-01-2011
20100271559NETWORK ACCESSIBLE DISPLAY - An apparatus for playing visual content and audio content to a user. A display screen is provided that is physically integrated into the apparatus. A video-image processing circuit is provided to play visual content on the display screen and an audio processing circuit is provided to play audio content on one or more speakers that are physically integrated into or externally connected to the apparatus. In the respects stated so far, the apparatus may resemble a monitor (including but not necessarily a computer monitor) or a television. In particular, a communications circuit is further provided to wirelessly connect the apparatus to a local area network to receive instances of the visual content and audio content via the local area network for playback to the user by the apparatus.10-28-2010
20090316055REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control includes a display, a memory, a control unit, and an electronic dictionary stored in the memory. The electronic dictionary is configured for execution by the control unit to receive character information inputted in a first language, to translate the character information from the first language to a second language; and to display the character information in the second language by the display.12-24-2009
20090213277Advertising apparatus - An advertising apparatus 08-27-2009
20120169940MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SCREEN IN DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME - A mobile terminal includes an image-obtaining unit configured to obtain an image including a screen displayed by a display device; a display unit configured to display the obtained image to a user; a user input unit configured to receive touch information on the display unit from the user; and a transmission unit configured to transmit screen display information about how the screen is displayed on the display unit and the touch information to a broadcast receiving terminal connected to the display device, wherein the touch information includes selection information of a first point on the display unit and movement direction information of the first point when the first point moves.07-05-2012
20110255012METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF TELECONTROLLING TELEVISION - An electronic device includes a wireless communication unit, a display unit, a processing unit, a storage, a timing unit and an infrared transmitting unit. The wireless communication unit connects to a network and downloads an electronic program list and a plurality of infrared codes from a network. The processing unit generates a channel-infrared code list and a selected program list according to the operations of the users on a user interfaces provided by the display unit and stored in the storage. The processing unit obtains the infrared code corresponding to the channel of a selected program from the channel-infrared code list, and transmits the infrared code to the infrared transmitting unit, thereby the infrared transmitting unit emits infrared remote signals carrying the infrared code to the TV set to change to the channel providing selected program. A related method is also provided.10-20-2011
20080252793MEDIA CONTROLLER WITH ANTI-MICROBIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL CAPABILITY - A media controller with anti-microbial and anti-fungal capability is provided. The media controller not only receives and outputs an audio signal provided from an external media device such as a television or a recorded media player and controls the external media device, but also outputs the sound or audio signal received from the media device as audible sound. The media controller is capable of having an antimicrobial, antifungal, or antibacterial agent used in hospitals coated on an external surface thereof to provide anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties when a user comes into contact with the media controller.10-16-2008
20110134338Control device, control method, and program - Disclosed herein is a control device connected to another control device through a network, the control device including: a transmission unit configured to transmit a command to the another control device through the network, a reception unit configured to receive the command transmitted from the another control device through the network, and a control unit configured to control a device to be controlled connected through an integrated cable, in which at least a video line, an audio line and a control line are integrated, based on the received command.06-09-2011
20080204606ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - Provided is an electronic device which consumes less power in a standby state waiting for a signal sent from a remote controller. A photodiode (08-28-2008
20080204605SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING A REMOTE CONTROL UNIT TO SENSE TELEVISION CHARACTERISTICS - A system for sensing television characteristics comprises a display device, a speaker, a calibration manager, and a remote control unit, which has a light sensor, a microphone, a transmitter, and logic. The logic is configured to determine, based on the light sensor and the microphone, a value indicative of an amount of time that elapses between emission of sound from the speaker and a detection of the sound by the microphone. The transmitter is configured to transmit a wireless signal based on the value, and the calibration manager is configured to adjust a parameter of a television system based on the wireless signal.08-28-2008
20110164189KEY INPUT DEVICE FOR REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, KEY INPUT METHOD OF KEY INPUT DEVICE FOR REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A first control unit outputs, to a lighting control unit, a lighting signal that causes a plurality of light-emitting units provided for each of a plurality of keys for operating to be sequentially lighted for each of groups determined in advance. Based on a signal for selecting a group outputted from a first selection unit and an output signal from the first control unit, a first comparison/judgment unit outputs a group whose light-emitting unit had been lighted upon selection as a finalized group. A second control unit outputs a lighting signal that causes light-emitting units included in the finalized group to be respectively sequentially lighted, and based on the output signal and a signal for selecting a key outputted from a second selection unit, a second comparison/judgment unit judges that a key corresponding to a light-emitting unit that had been lighted upon selection as a finalized key.07-07-2011
20110164187Remote Control Method, Remote Control System and Display Device - A remote control method for a display device employing a hierarchical control frame, includes a remote controller of the display device outputting a control signal corresponding to a plurality of functions of the display device, and an interpretation module of the display device controlling the display device to perform the plurality of functions when receiving the control signal, wherein the plurality of functions are corresponding to different stages of the hierarchical control frame.07-07-2011
20110164188REMOTE CONTROL WITH INTEGRATED POSITION, VIEWER IDENTIFICATION AND OPTICAL AND AUDIO TEST - Remote control devices that support interaction by a viewer with a screen assembly of a display device are provided. The eyes of the viewer have a first position within a premises relative to the screen assembly of the display device. The remote control device has a second position within the premises relative to the screen assembly of the display device. The remote control device includes an input interface that receives viewer input, a communication interface that supports wireless transmissions, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry participates in a generation of location information relating to the first position of the eyes of the viewer. The processing circuitry causes the communication interface to make at least one wireless transmission relating to the generation of the location information. The processing circuitry, at least in part, causes a reconfiguration of the screen assembly based on the location information.07-07-2011
20110134339HEALTHCARE TELEVISION SYSTEM APPARATUS - An apparatus interposed between a healthcare pillow speaker and an internally-unmodified commodity television where said apparatus powers the pillow speaker, enables the pillow speaker to control the television and drives the pillow speaker with said television audio content. The apparatus is designed to attain applicable healthcare safety approvals. The apparatus is designed to be compatible with standard healthcare equipment and to be placed within new and existing installations. The apparatus can selectively shut off the audio drivers to reduce noise. The apparatus generates its own audio content for the pillow speaker. The apparatus can enable, disable, set access timers, track and report on user access and equipment operational. The apparatus can internally configure limits and alternatives in how the television equipment will be controlled.06-09-2011
20110085090TELEVISION DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING A TELEVISION SYSTEM - A television display system with a television display for displaying television services and internet information, and an input unit for providing a command, the television display system receiving a data stream containing a plurality of key files, each key file including executable data and a respective key image representing said executable data. The television display system includes a memory for continuously maintaining over a period at least one of the key files, a display section displaying upon occurrence of any of a number of preselected events, a key image stored in said memory, superposed on a displayed said television service, said key image upon activation executing said executable data included in the same key file. The system also includes a command section for executing content of the key file of the displayed respective image conditional upon a key command being provided by the input unit.04-14-2011
20110261270System and method for estimating position and direction - A system and method for estimating a position and a direction using an infrared light are provided. The system may measure an intensity of an irradiation light irradiated by each light irradiator through each light receiver, and may estimate a position and a direction of a remote apparatus, based on the measured intensity, a light receiving directivity, and a light emitting directivity.10-27-2011
20110261269APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A LAPTOP TRACKPAD USING CELL PHONE DISPLAY - An input device is configured to act as a remote trackpad for an output device. The input device includes a touchscreen configured to display an image and receive either a single-touch or multi-touch user input. A communication interface configured to support wired or wireless communication links with an output device and send the user input to the output device.10-27-2011
20110096244REMOTE COMMANDER INJECTING NEW USER INTERFACE (UI) INTO LEGACY CONTROLLED DEVICE TO PERMIT LEGACY CONTROLLED DEVICE TO WORK WITH NEW REMOTE COMMANDER - A controlled device such as a TV is vended with a legacy remote commander (RC) and legacy user interfaces (UI), but is programmed with authentication information to accept downloaded UI updates from an authenticated after market RC with more capabilities than the legacy RC.04-28-2011
20110080529MULTI-POINT TELEVISION MOTION SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system is disclosed for controlling operation of an electronic device, such as a TV. The system includes a first sensor located at or near the electronic device and a second sensor spaced apart from the first sensor, wherein the first and second sensors are configured to detect motion of a user within an operating zone associated with the electronic device. A processor is coupled to the electronic device and the first and second sensors, the processor being configured to input a signal from the first and second sensors. Memory is coupled to the processor, the memory comprising a sensing algorithm configured to process the input signal from the first and second sensors and determine the location of the user with respect to the operating zone. The processor is configured to send a control command to the electronic device based on an output of the sensing algorithm.04-07-2011
20100214495Remote Control System and Method for Controlling Television - A remote control system and method comprising a television and a light pointing apparatus adapted, in a first embodiment, to transmit a first narrow beam having a first frequency corresponding to visible light, which is used to give an indication of where the pointer is pointed, and a second expanded beam surrounding the first beam and comprising a second frequency corresponding to infrared light. In a second embodiment, the pointer transmits a single frequency modulated light beam. In operation, the beam of light is shown on the television screen to activate an on screen menu based user interface via a photo sensor, microprocessor and onscreen display controller. Screen menu items appear on the screen positioned around the periphery of the screen. The user then moves the beam of light on the screen to the periphery of the screen to optically engage one of the plurality of photo conductors, which triggers an appropriate menu sequence or the performance of a television function such as, e.g., channel up.08-26-2010
20130169883AV EQUIPMENT AND INITIALIZATION METHOD OF THE EQUIPMENT - AV equipment enables individual initial setting for each user utilizing near field communication without requiring any cumbersome operation. A determiner determines whether or not identification information of a portable device obtained by a near field communicator is identical to registered identification information to detect the registered portable device, which is located close to the AV equipment. A setter reads initial setting detail corresponding to the portable device detected by the determiner from the memory, and sets the read initial setting detail to the AV equipment. In searching the portable device, an output power controller initially sets the output power to an initial value, and gradually increases the output power while the registered portable device is not detected.07-04-2013
20100066918MOBILE TELEVISION CONTROL LOGIC AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED CHANNEL SWITCHING TIME - A method, control logic, and executable instructions stored in memory enable faster switching between mobile television channels displayed on handheld devices. In one example, a tuner is controlled to receive a first wireless digital burst, such as a wireless digital burst of a digital video broadcasting-handheld (“DVB-H”) signal, including first channel information. The first channel information corresponds to a first mobile television channel to be displayed, and video based on the first channel information is provided. If desired, battery power consumption by the handheld device is then reduced by turning off the tuner. The tuner is then turned on to receive a second wireless digital burst including second channel information. The second channel information corresponds to the second mobile television channel to be displayed. The second channel information is buffered in a buffer while the video based on the first channel information is provided. If desired, battery power consumption is then reduced by again turning off the tuner. The tuner is again turned on to receive another burst.03-18-2010
20100066919ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT,CONTROL INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND CONTROL INFORMATION RECEPTION METHOD - An object of the invention is to permit quick control of the operating state of a source equipment side from sink equipment. A television receiver (sink equipment) 03-18-2010
20080278634SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHANNEL SCANNING - Methods for channel scanning are provided. An embodiment of a method for channel scanning comprises scan progress information stored when interrupting a channel scanning process. A carrier RF subsequent to the most recently processed carrier RF is locked onto with reference to the stored scan progress information when resuming the interrupted channel scanning process. Channel information of a program carried by the locked carrier RF is acquired. The acquired channel information of the program is stored in a channel table.11-13-2008
20120033140Method and Apparatus for Interactive Control of Media Players - A method and system are provided in which a wireless controller, such as a smart remote controller or smartphone, for example, may interact with a media device through an adaptive, two-way feedback control scheme. The wireless controller may receive signals from a media player that comprise control information associated with an application on the media player. The wireless controller may then display a control page or user interface on a touch screen. A layout of the control page may be configured based on the control information received by the wireless controller. Once displayed, the control page may enable a user to provide one or more instructions to the wireless controller through the touch screen. The wireless controller may communicate to the media player the instructions provided to the wireless controller. Those instructions are communicated to the media player to control the operation of the application on the media player.02-09-2012
20110115986WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD - According to one embodiment, a wireless communication apparatus includes an interface module, a first wireless communication module, a second wireless communication module, and a power controller. The interface module configured to exchange content data and device control data with a first device. The first wireless communication module configured to wirelessly exchange the content data with a second device with consuming first power. The second wireless communication module configured to wirelessly exchange the device control data with the second device with consuming second power which is lower than the first power. The power controller configured to turn off power of the first wireless communication module when the first device does not exchange the content data.05-19-2011
20110051018Bi-directional remote control unit and method of using the same - A bi-directional communications link between a television set and a remote control unit assists a viewer in controlling the entertainment system. The television set can signal the remote control unit to confirm instruction signal received from the remote control unit. The television can also transmit electronic program guide information to the remote control unit which is displayed on a display device on the remote control unit. The television can send the remote control unit a listing of available sub-channels within a single digital channel. The listing is displayed on the remote's display device, and the viewer can then choose from among the sub-channels.03-03-2011
20110051017METHOD FOR PROCESSING SIGNAL, TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, RECEIVING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - A signal, a transmitting apparatus, a receiving apparatus, a display apparatus and a method for processing a signal in a receiving apparatus connected with a transmitting apparatus through a wireless network, the method including: receiving the signal; receiving a request for storing the received signal; and transmitting and storing the received signal to and in the transmitting apparatus.03-03-2011
20110051016REMOTE CONTROL AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING THE VOLUME OUTPUT OF AN AUDIO DEVICE - Embodiments of a remote control and a method are provided for automatically adjusting the volume output of an audio device, such as a television. In one embodiment, the remote control includes a wireless transmitter configured to transmit command signals to the audio device, a microphone configured to monitor sound levels external to the remote control, a memory storing a first threshold, and a controller. The controller is configured to: (i) determine a signal-to-noise ratio as a function of the sound levels detected by the microphone, and (ii) transmit via the wireless transmitter a first command to adjust the volume output of the audio device if the signal-to-noise ratio passes the first threshold.03-03-2011
20110019106REMOTE CONTROLLER - A remote controller 01-27-2011
20110019105VERIFICATION OF SYMBOLS RECEIVED THROUGH A TOUCHPAD OF A REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE IN AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO ALLOW ACCESS TO SYSTEM FUNCTIONS - An electronic system comprises an electronic device and an associated remote control device having a touchpad. The electronic system receives verification data that corresponds to a first user input of a verification symbol. The electronic system receives a second user input through the touchpad, and in response, generates user data that corresponds to the second user input. The electronic system compares the verification data to the user data to determine if a matching relationship exists between the verification data and the user data. The electronic system provides access to a function if the matching relationship exists, and denies access to the function if the matching relationship does not exist. In some examples, the electronic system receives the first user input of the verification symbol through the touchpad, and in response, generates the verification data that corresponds to the first user input. In some examples, the electronic system is a video system.01-27-2011
20110304778TWO-WAY REMOTE WITH ADAPTIVE CHARACTER ENTRY - A media client receives, from a remote control device, a signal to launch a selected interactive television application and sends, to the remote control device, a client program for reprogramming buttons on the remote control device. The media client sends, to the remote control device, a script, for button functions of the remote control device, which are based on the selected interactive television application. The remote control device executes the script on the client program to reprogram the buttons functions. The media client presents, on a display device, a button map that corresponds to the script, and receives, from the remote control device, a signal based on the scripting.12-15-2011
20090244402FAVORITE CHANNEL REMOTE - A remote control and method of using the remote control are provided. The remote control includes a microprocessor, a memory accessible by the microprocessor that includes a database of a plurality of favorite channels, a user interface in signal communication with the microprocessor that allows selection of successive next or previous favorite channels, and a transmitter controlled by the microprocessor that, responsive to user activation of the user interface, transmits wireless signals corresponding to the successive next or previous favorite channel. In an example embodiment, an icon is associated with each favorite channel and the remote includes a display screen that displays the icon associated with the successive next or previous favorite channel when the user interface is activated. The method of using the remote control includes activating the user interface to select a next favorite channel.10-01-2009
20120038835STAND-BY MODE TRANSITIONING - A device for rapidly instituting an active mode of a digital-television enabled system, the system including a first, volatile memory configured to load and store software instructions, includes: an input configured to receive first digital audio and video information; a first output configured to convey second audio and information toward a display regarding the first audio and video information; at least one second output configured to convey commands to, and receive information from, the first memory; and a processor configured to perform functions in accordance with software instructions stored in first and second memories and to cause the first memory to load software instructions for provision to the processor such that first instructions for processing at least one of the first audio information and the first video information are loaded and stored by the first memory with a higher priority than second instructions for performing other functionality.02-16-2012
20120099025Television Apparatus, Display Control Device, and Display Control Method - According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes a receiving module, a display controller, a receiving controller, an obtaining module, a storage module, and a controller. The receiving module receives an operation for putting the television apparatus into a waiting state to connect to an external device. The display controller displays identification information identifying the television apparatus, security information generated randomly, and displays screen information received from the external device. The receiving controller receives the request for connection and the security information. The obtaining module obtains external-device identification information identifying the external device if communication with the external device is initiated. The storage module stores the external-device identification information. The controller controls the display controller to display the screen information without putting the television apparatus into the waiting state if a request for communication is received from the external device.04-26-2012
20100053467ROTATION SENSITIVE REMOTE CONTROL USING POLARIZED LIGHT - Systems and methods that facilitate rotation sensitive remote control of televisions and the like using polarized light. The remote control unit and the infrared (IR) signal detection system of the television are preferably sensitive to rotation of the remote control unit about its longitudinal axis. Rotation of the remote control unit in coordination with depression of keys or buttons on the remote control unit enables enhanced and quicker navigation through a list of options presented in a user interface displayed on the television screen such as, for example, to turn up or down the volume with a single motion.03-04-2010
20110063523SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION CONTROLLER FOR PROVIDING USER-SELECTION OF OBJECTS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television controller for providing user-selection of objects in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110063521SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING SCREEN POINTING INFORMATION IN A TELEVISION - A system and method, in a television, for generating screen pointing information, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110063522SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING TELEVISION SCREEN POINTING INFORMATION USING AN EXTERNAL RECEIVER - A system and method, in a television receiver, for generating screen pointing information, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090207318Control unit, a video device including said control unit, and a control method - The present invention discloses a control unit, a video device employing said control unit and a control method thereof, wherein the control unit includes: a recognition device which is used to recognize the target in the target image; a calculation device which is used to calculate and transform the position coordinate of the recognized imaging target from the recognition device and output the position of the operation unit.08-20-2009
20120044428Playback Device and Associated Method - Various embodiments of a battery detector are provided. In one aspect, a playback device is capable of learning remote control signals transmitted from a source device. After learning, the playback device operates in an automatic switching mode. When a user remotely controls the source device via a remote control of the source device, the playback device automatically switches to the source device to play a source signal provided by the source device.02-23-2012
20110157479Device control device, device control method, and computer program - A device control device includes a transmission signal receiving/outputting unit configured to receive/output a signal containing a control signal for controlling an internal status from/to another device, the other device being connected to the transmission signal receiving/outputting unit, an application obtaining unit configured to obtain an application as necessary by accessing an application server via a network, a display control unit configured to control display based on the application obtained by the application obtaining unit, and an operation control unit configured to control an operation of the other device by performing the application obtained by the application obtaining unit. The display control unit changes content to be displayed in accordance with a type of the other device.06-30-2011
20130148033CONTROLLING DISPLAY SETTINGS USING MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile settings control device (MSCD) presents a user interface (UI) enabling a user to establish display settings for a display associated with an audio video display device (AVDD) with which the MSCD communicates. Before and after adjustment screen shots may be presented full screen and toggled between on either the AVDD or MSCD, or split screens of before and after adjustment screen shots can be presented side by side on the AVDD or MSCD.06-13-2013
20110063520Multimedia System and Remote Control Searching Method - A multimedia system includes a multimedia device and a remote control device. The multimedia device includes a trigger element, a detection unit and a wireless transmitter. The trigger element is utilized for generating a trigger signal. The detection unit is coupled to the trigger element, and is utilized for generating a searching signal when the trigger signal is detected. The wireless transmitter is coupled to the detection unit, and is utilized for wirelessly transmitting the searching signal. The remote control device is utilized for wirelessly transmitting a remote control signal to control operations of the multimedia device. The remote control device includes a wireless receiver and an alarm unit. The wireless receiver is utilized for receiving the searching signal. The alarm unit is coupled to the wireless receiver, and is utilized for generating an alarm effect according to the searching signal.03-17-2011
20120013809ELECTRIC APPARATUS - Disclosed is an electric apparatus having a remote controller receiver function. The electric apparatus includes a main body operation keypad including a plurality of main body keys, and a control portion for changing functions assigned to the main body keys based on a specific file provided from outside.01-19-2012
20120057081Gesture-Based Control of IPTV System - Methods and apparatus for controlling an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system by gestures on a remote control involve determining a number of fingers touching a screen of the remote control; identifying at least one characteristic of movement by the fingers; based on the number determined and at least one characteristic identified, finding a corresponding predefined gesture in a set of predefined gestures; and based on the gesture found, generating a corresponding control command to be sent to the IPTV system.03-08-2012
20090002571Television Card with Remote Control Module - The television card with remote control module includes a 34 mm express card type TV card, a TV card remote control, and a connecting structure. The 34 mm express card type TV card has a TV card long side and a TV card short side, and a length of the TV card short side is 34 mm. The remote control has a remote control long side and a remote control short side, and a length of the remote control short side is smaller than or equal to 20 mm. The connecting structure could connect the TV card long side and the remote control long side to construct the television card with remote control module.01-01-2009
20120026409Electronic Device and Remote-Control Method - According to one embodiment, an electronic device searches video devices connected to a network. The electronic device transmits a predetermined command to an identification-target video device via the network in order to make a user confirm the identification-target video device. The identification-target video device is a device selected by the user from the searched video devices, the predetermined command causing the identification-target video device to execute a predetermined operation. The electronic device transmits a command to a operation-target video device via the network in order to remote-control the operation-target video device. The operation-target video device is a device selected by the user from the searched video devices, the command causing the operation-target video device to execute an operation designated by the user.02-02-2012
20120026413Remote Control Device Programming and Indication of Programming Mode Status - A method and apparatus for assisting a user in programming a universal remote control. More specifically, a method and apparatus for helping the user reestablish system configurations, providing feedback, instructing the user, and supplying system information.02-02-2012
20120026411Electronic Apparatus and Method for Assisting in Remote Control - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a display controller, a communication module and a determination module. The display controller is configured to display an operation screen, which is used for operating another electronic apparatus, on a display. The communication module is configured to transmit an operation signal, which indicates an operation in accordance with the operation screen, to the another electronic apparatus. The determination module is configured to determine that a function of the another electronic apparatus is activated in response to transmission of the operation signal. The display controller includes an object generation module configured to generate an object representing an operation button for activating a function of the another electronic apparatus with one operation and to arrange the generated object on the operation screen, when the determination module determines that the function is activated through a plurality of operations.02-02-2012
20120026410INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD USED FOR THE SAME - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a receiver, a connection terminal, a generator and a change module. The receiver is configured to receive operating information wirelessly send from a remote controller. The connection terminal is configured to input and output operating information through a wire. The generator is configured to generate the operating information through the connection terminal. The change module is configured to selectively set the following states. One is a state of inputting operating information through the connection terminal. The other is a state of outputting at least one of operating information received by the receiver and operating information output from the generator through the connection terminal.02-02-2012
20120026408REMOTE CONTROLLABLE VIDEO DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTROLLER AND METHOD THEREFOR - The present invention discloses a remote controllable video display system and a controller therefor, wherein positional information is generated by a sensor according to light from a light source. The controller includes a button with a predetermined function, wherein when the button is pressed or released, the status of the button (pressed or released) is outputted but (i) the positional information is not outputted or not processed within a predetermined period of time; or (ii) the positional information is not outputted or not processed when the remote controller has an acceleration larger than a predetermined value. Or, when the button is pressed once, the controller outputs double-click or multiple-click action information.02-02-2012
20120062805Decoding Multiple Remote Control Code Sets - A method of processing remote control commands at a control device consistent with certain embodiments involves at the control device, receiving commands directed to the control device; at the control device, receiving a command directed to a source device, the source device being operative to provide video content to a display; and at the control device, interpreting the command directed to the source device in order to track a state of operation of the source device. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-15-2012
20120154689Dynamic Remote Control Systems and Methods - An exemplary method includes a dynamic remote control system detecting a change in an on-screen context of content being presented by a presentation device and dynamically changing a function and/or an appearance of a button included in a persistent number pad arrangement on a remote control device associated with the presentation device in response to the change in the on-screen context. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.06-21-2012
20110090408REMOTE CONTROL MACRO INSTRUCTION OPERATION - A remote control and method of programming a remote control for controlling components in an entertainment system are disclosed. The remote control may operate in multiple modes including a limited mode that prevents the remote control from sending predetermined commands to one or more components, even when instructed to do so by the user. In addition, the remote control may issue one or more commands to each component in response to a single user input.04-21-2011
20110090407GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL - A method and system for operating a remote-controlled device using a gesture-enabled remote control (RC) includes activating a communication link between the RC and the remote-controlled device. The remote-controlled device may implement a remote control context accommodating gesture commands generated by the RC. The RC may enable a user to generate gesture commands by performing gesture motions with the RC. Command data corresponding to gesture commands, along with selection commands from selection control inputs on the RC, may be sent to the remote-controlled device.04-21-2011
20110025924DUAL SLIDER BAR CONTROL - An application for a slider bar on a display has a series of ticks, each indicating one or more gradations of a parameter ranging between a minimum value and a maximum value. Two marker icons are on the display screen in relation to the ticks. A user control moves a first marker icon within a predetermined range of ticks. Once the first marker icon reaches an end of travel, if the end of travel is next the second marker icon, the first marker becomes inactive (remaining at its current location) and the second marker icon becomes the active marker icon, moving within a predetermined range for the second marker icon.02-03-2011
20120300134REMOTE CONTROL OPERABLE STANDS FOR TV DISPLAY - A rotary stand for TV screen or monitor, which require an adjustable angular position relative to its vertical axis, secured in a holder in a bearing column, mounted rotationally in a fixed mount, fitted with a controlled electric drive of the bearing column bi-directional rotation and a potentiometer for electric adjustment of the bearing column angular position is described together with a support stand that is mountable to a lateral wall. The stand has a programmable control system enabling the limit angular positions of the screen secured in the holder on the bearing column to be automatically set and programmed. A remote control for controlling the rotation of the TV monitor and an LED lighting strip for showing the position of the TV monitor selected and a direction of movement of the TV monitor are also provided.11-29-2012
20120249890APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURATION AND OPERATION OF A REMOTE-CONTROL SYSTEM - A method for configuring a remote-control system includes querying via a bus a High Definition Multi-Media Interface (HDMI) display for an Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) for the HDMI display; receiving via the bus from the HDMI display the EDID for the HDMI display; and storing via a processor in a memory the EDID and a link between the EDID of the HDMI display a set of command codes configured for controlling the HDMI display.10-04-2012
20100245681Internet Browsing from a Television - A system for automatically using internet information which is contained within a commercial on an entertainment medium e.g. television. The system determines information indicative of the web address. This can be done automatically by optical character recognition or by storing information indicative of the web address in an interval of the television signal. Once obtained, the information is sent, either to a user's computer, or to a central office which sends an e-mail to the user. In this way, the information can be used to automatically jump to a web site of the advertiser.09-30-2010
20100245680TELEVISION OPERATION METHOD - A television operation method whereby a desired content screen can be easily shown on a TV receiver by control operation on the display of a remote terminal. When the TV display of the TV receiver shows a received program screen and the remote display of the remote terminal shows another received program screen, if the screen shown on the remote display is transferred to the TV display, a reception remote control screen to enable channel selection appears on the remote display. If buttons are operated so as to show a related web screen on the remote display and transfer the related web screen to the TV display, a web remote control screen for control of a cursor on the related web screen appears on the remote display.09-30-2010
20120127375REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control includes a top surface, a bottom housing connectable to the top surface, a plurality of protrusions extending outwardly from the top surface, a plurality of buttons associated with the plurality of protrusions such that pressure applied to the protrusions is transferred to the buttons to generate one or more actuation signals, and a transmitter connected to the buttons to receive the actuation signals and generate transmission signals. The transmission signals provide control instructions to a device associated with the remote control. The top surface includes an antimicrobial material, such as 3-Trimethoxy silyl propyl dimethyl octadecyl ammonium chloride.05-24-2012
20120162536REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A MEDIA DISPLAY SYSTEM - A remote control device for a separate electronic device to be controlled has a secondary display screen, at least one user-input mechanism, and at least one microprocessor running a user interface application for use in providing control over operation of the electronic device to be controlled. The user interface application causes a user interface to be displayed on the display screen of the remote control device, and the user interface displayed on the display screen graphically mirrors a corresponding user interface independently run by the electronic device to be controlled. The remote control device also has a transmitter and receiver mounted within the body enabling a two-way wireless communication link to be established with the electronic device to be controlled. Apparatus and a method for controlling operation of a media display system are also described.06-28-2012
20120162542Audio/Visual Device Touch-Based User Interface - A user interface for an audio/visual device incorporates one or both of a touch sensor having a touch surface on which is defined a racetrack surface having a ring shape and a display element on which is displayed a racetrack menu also having a ring shape, and where the user interface incorporates both, the ring shapes of the racetrack surface and the racetrack menu are structured to generally correspond such that the position of a marker on the racetrack menu is caused to correspond to the position at which a digit of a user's hand touches the racetrack surface.06-28-2012
20120162541AUDIO/VISUAL DEVICE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - A user interface for an audio/visual device incorporates one or both of a touch sensor having a touch surface on which is defined a racetrack surface having a ring shape and a display element on which is displayed a racetrack menu also having a ring shape, and where the user interface incorporates both, the ring shapes of the racetrack surface and the racetrack menu are structured to generally correspond such that the position of a marker on the racetrack menu is caused to correspond to the position at which a digit of a user's hand touches the racetrack surface.06-28-2012
20120162540APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION, AND TELEVISION EQUIPPED WITH APPARATUS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION - An embodiment of an apparatus for speech recognition includes a speech input unit configured to acquire acoustic signal, a first recognition unit configured to recognize the acoustic signal, a communication unit configured to communicate with an external server, a second recognition unit configured to recognize the acoustic signal by utilizing the external server via the communication unit, and a remote signal input unit configured to acquire a control signal from a remote controller. The switching unit is configured to switch between the first recognition unit and the second recognition unit for recognizing the acoustic signal in response to a start trigger. The switching unit selects the second recognition unit when the start trigger is detected from the control signal, and the switching unit selects the first recognition unit when the start trigger is detected from the acoustic signal.06-28-2012
20120162539Remote Controller - According to one embodiment, a remote controller includes substantially rectangular parallelepiped first and second housings and a joint. The first housing includes operation keys on the upper surface to control an object device. The second housing includes input keys on the upper surface to input information and at least one operation button on a surface other than the upper surface. The joint joins the first housing and the second housing to be relatively rotatable about a rotation axis located at a predetermined position such that the upper surface of the second housing faces the bottom surface of the first housing. To operate the input keys, the joint is rotated to a position where a long side of the first housing and a long side of the second housing form substantially the right angle and the input keys are exposed.06-28-2012
20120162538Communication, Monitoring and Control Architecture and Method - A communication network device facilitates communication between devices and/or applications in a network without requiring each device to register with every other device or application. The communication network device may generate and assign a unique identifier to each device or application upon registration and store a role of the device or application (e.g., sender or receiver or both) in addition to capability and compatibility information. The communication network device may then dynamically broker and manage communications from each of the devices or applications to other devices and applications in real-time. Using a communication network device, communications may be directed to devices or applications without requiring a sending device to know of the recipient's network address. Additionally, the communication network device allows for the direct targeting of communications to specific applications. Accordingly, in some arrangements, two applications running on the same device may receive different communications from another device or application.06-28-2012
20120162537METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A SET TOP BOX OVER A WIRELESS ADHOC CONNECTION - An approach is provided for controlling a set top box on an ad hoc basis. A wireless device detects a mobile terminal that is configured to control one or more set top boxes via a wireless local area network. The wireless device controls, over an adhoc connection, the one or more set top boxes directly or via the mobile terminal based on the detection of the mobile terminal.06-28-2012
20100208147CONTROL SIGNAL CONVERSION METHOD - An electronic device (08-19-2010
20100208145Graphically Based Programming for Control Devices - A method for programming a control device. The method for programming the control device may include using a graphical programming interface. The graphical programming interface may direct a user through the programming process with text and graphics. The graphical programming interface may provide a control device image that corresponds to the physical control device that is being programmed. The graphical programming interface may graphically verify to a user whether a button was successfully programmed. Additionally, the graphical programming interface may illustrate the correct positioning of one control device to another control device while programming.08-19-2010
20120212680SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE APPLIANCE CONTROL - A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.08-23-2012
20120212678MULTIMEDIA TELEVISION REMOTE CONTROL HAVING A CURSOR CONTROL FUNCTION - A multimedia television remote control having a cursor control function has a button assembly, a microprocessor, a pointing device, a transceiver, a display and a power supply. The pointing device has a trackball or a joystick and an axial coding unit, outputs a set of coordinate signals after sensing a movement of the trackball or joystick operated by users, and output the set of coordinate signals so as to control a television to generate a cursor on the TV screen for operation. Accordingly, the multimedia television remote control addresses a more convenient operation and increases users' willingness to operate the remote control.08-23-2012
20120133843ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEM - According to an embodiment, there is provided an electronic apparatus which operates under another electronic apparatus when the other electronic apparatus is controlled by a predetermined control instruction, including: a receiving unit, a switch, a microcomputer, and a power control unit. The receiving unit receives a power ON command. The microcomputer operates under control of the other electronic apparatus. The switch switches whether to supply external power to the microcomputer. The power control unit turns on the switch when the receiving unit receives the power ON command so that the microcomputer can be controlled by the other electronic apparatus.05-31-2012
20120133842METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SET-TOP BOX - The present invention discloses a method, an apparatus, and a system for controlling a set-top box. The method for controlling a set-top box includes: acquiring a button-press signal sent by a remote control; filtering, according to a current running state of the set-top box and a preset state transition table, the button-press signal sent by the remote control; and generating, according to an event corresponding to a filtered button-press signal, a control bar for performing an operation on the current running state of the set-top box.05-31-2012
20120133841UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES - An exemplary method includes a universal remote control device detecting user input requesting that the universal remote control device be operated in a learning mode, initiating, in response to the user input, operation of the universal remote control device in the learning mode, receiving, during the operation of the universal remote control device in the learning mode, a device code via an inter-device communication, and automatically configuring, in response to the receiving of the device code via the inter-device communication, the universal remote control device for remotely controlling a target device associated with the device code. Corresponding systems, methods, and apparatuses are also disclosed.05-31-2012
20120314140Remote Control Unit for a Personalized Video Programming System - Systems and methods for a remote control for interacting with a video programming system are described. In some embodiments, a remote control unit for an intelligent video programming system having user-dedicated buttons, biometric identification systems, mechanical identification systems, electromechanical identification systems, or voice-activation identification systems on the remote control unit to allow a user to self-identify that user to the intelligent video programming system. Upon pressing this user-dedicated button or otherwise activating a self-identification system on the remote control unit, content personalized for that user is presented and the user's navigational behavior is tracked to further the presentation of personalized content for that user. Other embodiments are also described.12-13-2012
20100182515PROGRAMMABLE REMOTE CONTROLLER AND SETTING METHOD THEREOF - A programmable remote controller, used for controlling audio/video devices, includes a main body, a button module, a motion-sensing module, a microprocessor unit, and a memory. The button module includes a function button group related to the control of the audio/video devices and a programming button group related to the setting of the remote controller. The setting method includes steps of: pressing a first button of the programming button group to start the setting method; pressing at least one function button of a function button group which corresponds to at least one function operation of the audio/video devices; controlling the main body of the remote controller to have a first motion status which is sensed by the motion-sensing module; and storing the first motion status and a first control command corresponding to the at least one function operation in the memory.07-22-2010
20090059091Bi-Modal Switching for Controlling Digital Tv Applications on Video Devices - A portable digital television (DTV) comprises a processor, a channel and volume changing button arrangement, and a navigational button arrangement. Either or both button arrangements can be used in at least a bi-modal operation. In a first mode of operation, the button arrangements provide their normal functions, and in the second mode of operation, the button arrangements provide an interactive application interface to the user. Preferably, one of the two button arrangements is selected for the bi-modal operation. The selected button arrangement is associated with at least an optical element for lighting the button arrangement. The controller operates the optical element such that the selected button arrangement has one color in one mode of operation and has a different color in the other mode of operation.03-05-2009
20090059090REMOTE CONTROL WITH CONTENT MANAGEMENT - A remote control unit includes stored user profiles to facilitate and possibly limit access to media content. In some embodiments, a biometric sensor or smart card reader provides user authentication to access stored user profiles. User profiles are associated with content sets that include content selected for potential viewing by the user. The remote control unit is enabled for bidirectional communication with a set-top box or modem that permits access to media content from a bidirectional service provider network.03-05-2009
20090284664COMBINED TELEPHONE/TV REMOTE CONTROL - When a person arrives home with his mobile phone, the phone sends a presence signal via Bluetooth to the TV system in the home, which enables a telephone feature in which phone calls to the phone are relayed to the TV system. The remote control associated with the TV has a microphone and speaker so that a person can use the RC not only to control the TV but also to respond to phone calls, with the TV system relaying voice signals from the RC back to the phone.11-19-2009
20120169938Automatic Mute Control - An automatic mute control comprising a control box attached to a cable box, where the control box is configured to mute a television connected to the cable box; a signal window attached to a front portion of the control box, where the signal window receives a set of signals; a remote control, where the remote control enables a user to manually operate the control box by sending the set of signals; and a detector circuit housed within the control box, wherein the detector circuit recognizes when a commercial airs on the television thereby activating the control box to mute the volume of the television until the commercial finishes.07-05-2012
20120169939CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING BROADCAST RECEIVER - A control device is provided. The control device includes a user interface unit in which information of a broadcast receiver controlled through unidirectional wireless communication is entered, a searching unit which searches an infrared (IR) code set corresponding the broadcast receiver based on the entered information, a managing unit which registers the broadcast receiver as a controllable broadcast receiver within a home network based on the searched IR code set, and a first communication interface unit which, if a control signal for the registered broadcast receiver is received, transmits an IR code corresponding to the control signal from the IR code set corresponding to the registered broadcast receiver to the registered broadcasting receiver.07-05-2012
20120212679SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AND DISPLAYING FRAME INFORMATION DISPLAYED ON CONTROLLABLE DEVICE BY USING CONTROL DEVICE AND APPLICATION METHOD THEREOF - A system for controlling and displaying frame information displayed on a controllable device by using a control device and an application method are described. The system includes a control device and a controllable device, in which the controllable device displays image information of at least one channel, and the control device in communication with the controllable device displays image information of the channel and channels adjacent to the channel on a touch screen thereof. Moreover, when the control device receives a gesture signal, the controllable device processes the gesture signal and performs a preset function corresponding to the gesture signal. By using the system and the application method thereof, diversified control modes are provided to the user, and the user can remotely control the controllable device through a simple operation.08-23-2012
20120176553RFID - Based Wireless Remote Control Using Variable ID Field - A TV remote control is powered using RFID principles from an electric field generated by the TV and so the RC requires no batteries. The RC changes the ID field of the data packet it transmits based on what button was pushed so that a first button is associated with a first ID, a second button is associated with a second ID, and so on. In this way, only a single RFID tag need be provided in the RC.07-12-2012
20120075537TV BOX/CARD AND REMOTE CONTROL RECEIVER DEVICE THEREOF - A remote control receiver device, used for being configured on the TV box/card, comprises a receiving antenna, an Rx/Tx module, an MCU module and a connecting member. The MCU module transforms a signal received from the Rx/Tx module into a control signal for controlling the TV box/card. The connecting member is electrical connected to the MUC for transmitting the control signal to the TV box/card, in which the connecting member is satisfied the specification of TRS connector.03-29-2012
20090066855TELEVISION BROADCAST RECEIVING SYSTEM - A television broadcast receiving system has a receiving apparatus receiving a broadcast of a television station that carries out datacasting as well as broadcasting and displaying an image of a television program, and a remote control remotely controlling the receiving apparatus by using wireless communication. The receiving apparatus is provided with a remote control information producing portion producing remote control information based on predetermined information, the remote control information to be wirelessly transmitted to the remote control, and a wireless transmitting portion wirelessly transmitting the remote control information to the remote control. The remote control is provided with a wireless receiving portion wirelessly receiving the remote control information. Radio waves are used as media for wireless communication from the wireless transmitting portion to the wireless receiving portion. This enables the receiving apparatus to wirelessly transmit associated information and the like obtained from the broadcast station to the remote control with relative ease, making it easy to enhance the convenience for users.03-12-2009
20090021651System and method to control media display functions - A system and method to control media display functions is disclosed. A system includes a processing logic and memory accessible to the processing logic. The memory includes instructions executable by the processing logic to perform a method including receiving input associated with a media display function. The instructions are also executable by the processing logic to determine one or more media devices to be controlled. The instructions are also executable by the processing logic to send first control data adapted to cause the media display function to be implemented at a first media device when the first media device is to be controlled. The instructions are also executable by the processing logic to send second control data when the first media device and a second media device are to be controlled concurrently. The second control data is adapted to cause the media display function to be implemented at the first media device and at the second media device.01-22-2009
20120257121NEXT GENERATION USER INTERFACE FOR AUDIO VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE SUCH AS TV WITH MULTIPLE USER INPUT MODES AND HIERARCHY THEREOF - A television user interface allows viewer commands to be input using a remote control, voice input, and hand movements in free space, as well as facial recognition using a camera integrated into the television. All three input modes can be active simultaneously, and so a hierarchy of modes is established to resolve conflicting commands received more or less simultaneously in different modes.10-11-2012
20120081615REMOTE CONTROL - An apparatus includes a display, a communication interface, circuitry configured to receive information via the communication interface via a handshake process where the information includes identifying information for a television unit, and circuitry configured to render a graphical remote control to the display based at least in part on received identifying information for a television unit. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.04-05-2012
20120229708REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS - A remote control apparatus which includes a first operation unit including a first key part having a plurality of keys operable when the remote control is in a first mode, a first control unit to generate a key signal corresponding to a key input through the first key part and a first transmission unit to transmit the key signal to the image apparatus, and a second operation unit including a second key part provided on a surface of the remote control apparatus, the second key part is different from the first key part and has a plurality of keys to be manipulated when the remote control is in a second mode, a second control unit to generate a key signal corresponding to a key input through the second key part, and a second transmission unit to transmit the key signal to the image apparatus.09-13-2012
20100328548UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL FOR EFFECTING THE SAME FUNCTION ON A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT DEVICES - A universal remote control device effects a same function on a plurality of different remotely controlled devices. The device has a housing, an actuator within the housing, a database of encoded signals for effecting the same function on the plurality of different remotely controlled devices; and a signal emitter configured to emit the encoded signals so as to effect the same function for each of the plurality of different devices in response to actuation of the actuator with no more than ½ second between each encoded signal.12-30-2010
20100328547SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SMART REMOTE-CONTROL DEVICES - Various embodiments provide a smart remote-control device. In one embodiment, a smart remote-control device includes a keypad and a display. The smart-remote-control device is configured to obtain information about other media devices, and to display that information upon the display. The smart remote-control device is further configured to establish master-slave relationships between itself and other media devices, including set-top boxes, presentation devices, and other remote-control devices. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.12-30-2010
20080297665Method of manufacturing infrared rays receiver and structure thereof - A method of manufacturing an infrared rays receiver comprises the steps of: chip attach; wire bonding; encapsulation; metal housing covering; encapsulation; pin cutting; and testing. A lead frame has several pins, wherein one pin has a coupling part. An infrared rays receiving chip is coupled to the coupling part of the pin of the lead frame, and electrically connected to the other pins by bonding wires. Thereafter, a light-pervious adhesive encapsulates part of the lead frame, the chip. and the bonding wires. Thereafter, the light-pervious adhesive is covered with a metal housing having a through hole so as to expose the infrared rays receiving chip via the through hole. Thereafter, the metal housing and the light-pervious adhesive are encapsulated into a unity by a colored adhesive. Consequently, the infrared rays receiver is protected from the occurrence of short circuits and has a metal shielding effect to provide a longer transmission distance.12-04-2008
20120268660REMOTE CONTROLLER, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING DIGITAL TELEVISION - A remote controller (10-25-2012
20120268661TELEVISION TOGGLER REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control device allows a viewer to toggle between a plurality of preselected programs at will. The remote control device may be simple to program and may include from three to about seven, typically about 5, programmable keys that would change a television program at the touch of a single button. The remote control device may include numerical keys for programming the programmable keys, an enter key and a clear key, also used for programming functions, the programmable keys, a power button, and a back key and a next key to move through the channels programmed in the programmable keys.10-25-2012
20110043709REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE AND TELEVISION RECEIVER - To provide a remote controller into which a kitchen timer function and a television control function are integrated so that mutual cooperation between cooking and television watching is simplified. As shown in FIG. 02-24-2011
20120086870REMOTE CONTROLLER SETTING MODULE, TELEVISION AND REMOTE CONTROL COMMAND SETTING METHOD THEREOF - A remote control setting module which is suitable to be installed in an electronic apparatus to set a button command corresponding to a remote control signal from a remote controller is disclosed. The remote control setting module includes an infrared sensing unit and a signal processing unit. The infrared sensing unit receives the remote control signal from the remote controller and then identifies a signal waveform corresponding to remote control signal. The signal processing unit is coupled to the infrared sensing unit and used for setting the button command to correspond to the received signal waveform.04-12-2012
20120327310OBJECT DETECTING DEVICE AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE - An information acquiring device has a light source which emits light of a predetermined wavelength band; a projection optical system which projects the light emitted from the light source toward the target area with a predetermined dot pattern; a light receiving element which receives reflected light reflected on the target area for outputting a signal; a storage which stores a reference template in which a plurality of reference segment areas are set on a reference pattern of the light to be received by the light receiving element; and an updating section which updates the reference template. In this arrangement, the updating section updates the reference template, based on a displacement to be detected when a referenced segment area set in the reference template is actually measured.12-27-2012
20120327308DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TV - A TV control device, for an external TV device includes a storage unit storing a user identification code and user setting data corresponding to the user identification code, and a wireless communication unit transmitting a control signal to the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data, wherein the external TV device determines a TV setting of the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data when the external TV device receives the control signal.12-27-2012
20120327309REMOTE CONTROL TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - Provided is a remote control terminal, including: a first terminal-side wireless-communication unit configured to interactively communicate with a control-target information processing apparatus by using a first wireless communication system, to control the information processing apparatus; a second terminal-side wireless-communication unit configured to interactively communicate with the information processing apparatus by using a second wireless communication system, the second wireless communication system being higher in speed than the first wireless communication system; a camera unit configured to obtain video data; and a first controller configured to control the second terminal-side wireless-communication unit to transmit the video data obtained by the camera unit to the information processing apparatus by using the second wireless communication system.12-27-2012
20120092565APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AN ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE USING A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Various embodiments of apparatus and/or methods are described for remotely controlling an entertainment device using a mobile communication device. A user utilizes a mobile communication device to input information that requests manipulation of playback of content outputted for presentation by an entertainment device. The mobile communication device transmits the user input to the entertainment device, and responsive to receiving the user input, the mobile communication device manipulates playback of the video content.04-19-2012
20120092564METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BIDIRECTIONAL REMOTE CONTROLLER AND BIDIRECTIONAL REMOTE CONTROLLER IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - A method for controlling a bidirectional remote controller is provided, which can directly transmit settings desired by a user to a display device. The method for controlling the bidirectional remote controller includes the bidirectional remote controller receiving from a display device and displaying on the display device a menu screen, selecting a menu from the displayed menu screen, and transmitting to the display device at least one of a control command for displaying an active window that corresponds to the selected menu and a control command for executing a function that corresponds to the selected menu on the display device.04-19-2012
20120092563REMOTE CONTROLLER FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A remote controller is provided for a display apparatus and a control method thereof. The remote controller for a display apparatus includes a communication unit which communicates with a display apparatus and a remote terminal, a user input unit which receives a user's command, and a controller which performs a control operation to transmit a user's first command for manipulating the display apparatus to the display apparatus, to be remotely connected to the remote terminal and transmit to the display apparatus a terminal image received from the remote terminal and transmit to the remote terminal a user's second command for a manipulation of the remote terminal. With this configuration, users may control a remote terminal.04-19-2012
20120287350REMOTE CONTROLLER, AND CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME - Provided are a remote controller, and a control method and system using the same. The remote controller controls an electronic device and includes an input unit that is disposed on a first surface of a main body and provides first and second user interfaces. A sensor unit is configured to detect a user handling of the remote controller. A control unit is configured to control a user interface environment of the input unit according to a signal detected by the sensor unit.11-15-2012
20120140124REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD AND USER INTERFACE SYSTEM - Apparatus forming part of a home entertainment system includes an electronic device having an input accepting a signal corresponding to an externally-generated first user interface, a control module for internally-generating a signal corresponding to a second user interface, and an output for transmitting a combination of the above referenced signals for display. The control module controls an arrangement of display of the first user interface and the second user interface. The apparatus also includes a remote controller for communicating via a two-way communication link with the control module of the electronic device concerning a selection of one of the first user interface and the second user interface. The remote controller having an emitter for emitting control code signals, and the operation of the emitter is controlled by communications received by the remote controller from the control module of the electronic device. A method is also provided.06-07-2012
20130010207GESTURE BASED INTERACTIVE CONTROL OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - A computer-implemented method for controlling one or more electronic devices by recognition of gestures made by a three-dimensional object (3D). In one example embodiment, the method comprises capturing a series of successive 3D images in real time, identifying that the object has a predetermined elongated shape, identifying that the object is oriented substantially towards a predetermined direction, determining at least one qualifying action being performed by a user and/or the object, comparing the at least one qualifying action to one or more pre-determined actions associated with the direction towards which the object is oriented, and, based on the comparison, selectively issuing to the one or more electronic devices a command associated with the at least one qualifying action.01-10-2013
20110141378ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CHANNEL MANAGEMENT - An electronic device and a channel management method provide a predetermined channel information table to control channels in a television. Favorite channels are stored in the predetermined channel information table of the electronic device. In a predetermined channel mode, if an input channel code is not stored in the predetermined channel information table, the electronic device automatically adds the input channel code to the predetermined channel information table. If the input channel code is stored in the predetermined channel information table, the electronic device transfers the input channel code to the television and the television changes an active channel accordingly.06-16-2011
20110157478TELEVISION PROGRAMMING OF A REMOTE CONTROL - A television includes a television with a remote control. A user interface running on the television ascertains a brand and model number of a device that is to be operated by the remote control and after responsive to such; the television transmits commands to the remote control to program the remote control, thereby enabling the remote control to control the device.06-30-2011
20130021534Touchscreen Remote and Means of Locating - Disclosed is a touchscreen remote control device and system having means of locating the remote if misplaced, wherein the remote includes an imbedded receiver, television control emitter, a signal generator and a touchscreen interface. A corresponding television or electronic device includes three modes of locating the remote, including an audible tone alert, a voice messaging alert and a means of activating the backlight of the remote touchscreen for low light visualization. The remote is a structure that includes a touchscreen for control purposes and for interfacing with the television, wherein the remote includes rechargeable batteries and a speaker for transmitting the audible locating signal upon request.01-24-2013
20120242908PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PROJECTOR - A projector includes: a first source input section; a second source input section; and a mode setting section that sets a projection mode, wherein when a first projection mode is set by the mode setting section, image display or sound output is performed based on an input signal that is input via any one of the first source input section and the second source input section, and when a second projection mode is set by the mode setting section, image display or sound output is performed based on an input signal that is input via the second source input section.09-27-2012
20120242907REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD CAPABLE OF SWITCHING DIFFERENT POINTING MODES - The present relates to a remote control method and a remote control system capable of switching different pointing modes. The remote control method includes a detecting unit of a remote control detecting a relative position between a first module and a second module of the remote control so as to generate a detecting signal, transmitting a pointing mode code to an electronic device according to the detecting signal by wireless communication technology, and the electronic device performing movement of an icon according to the pointing mode code and pointing mode relation information.09-27-2012
20080239168Ergonomic lay flat folding remote control with keyboard - An ergonomic folding remote control with keyboard is disclosed. The folding remote control with keyboard has an ergonomic angled typing surface and thicker forward section along with a lay flat design. The remote controller may be conveniently held in one hand of a user when in the folded or closed position and conveniently rested on a support surface when in the opened position and used as a keyboard.10-02-2008
20080231762SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLICATION DEPENDENT UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control device includes one or more mode buttons which, when manipulated, cause plural controlled devices to assume preset configurations. HDMI CEC can be used to convey device ID information to the TV, which can then access the Internet using the ID information and receive back device control information which can be communicated to the remote to enable the remote to control the device.09-25-2008
20080231761Information communication system, terminal apparatus, base apparatus, information communication method, information processing method, and computer program and recording medium - An information communication system for performing bidirectional communication over a network, which may include a terminal apparatus, a base apparatus, and a memory supplied in at least one of the base apparatus and the terminal apparatus. A terminal control unit in the terminal apparatus may cause a transmission of a remote-control code information when the remote-control code information generated in the terminal apparatus matches identification information corresponding to a selected external, or a base control unit in the base apparatus may supply the remote-control code information to a remote-control transmission signal generation unit in the base apparatus when the remote-control code information supplied from the terminal apparatus matches identification information corresponding to a selected external device.09-25-2008
20080231760Control device - A control device including a means for capturing an image of a display; means for determining from said captured image, information defining a desired position on said display; and means for sending a signal having the determined information. Embodiments of the present disclosure have many applications such as with television to for example select stations or control settings of the televisions, computers, DVDs, videos, MPEG players or the like. Embodiments of the present disclosure can be used with video players or recorders. It should be noted that video player/recorders can deal with video data stored or to be recorded on tape, discs such as DVDs or CDs, removable memory such as a memory stick or a memory internal to the device.09-25-2008
20080225184System and method for effectively performing a remote control configuration procedure - A system and method for effectively performing a remote control configuration procedure includes a settop box that receives electronic programming from a program source and a television that is configured to reproduce the electronic programming. A remote control device controls various functionalities of the television over an RC-TV communications link. The remote control configuration procedure is coordinated by the television and a configuration server to allow the remote control device to also control various functionalities of the settop box over an RC-STB communication link. The television and the configuration server support a user-friendly interactive procedure to automatically determine and provide certain settop-box control information for adding appropriate settop-box control functions to the remote control device during the remote control configuration procedure.09-18-2008
20130176504REMOTE CONTROLLER WITH DUAL POWER SUPPLY UNITS - A remote controller with dual power supply units is provided. The remote controller controls an electronic apparatus. The remote controller includes a housing, a first sub-system and a second sub-system. The first sub-system is disposed in the housing and includes a first power supply unit for powering the first sub-system. The first sub-system further generates a first signal for controlling the electronic apparatus to perform a first operation. The second sub-system is disposed in the housing and includes a second power supply unit for powering the second sub-system. The second sub-system further generates a second signal for controlling the electronic apparatus to perform a second operation.07-11-2013
20130176505INPUT APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY THROUGH USER MANIPULATION - An input apparatus of a display apparatus is provided. The input apparatus includes a touch sensor which senses a touch by a user; a motion sensor which senses a motion of the input apparatus; a communication unit which communicates with the display apparatus; and a controller which transmits a first control signal which corresponds to a motion sensed by the motion sensor, through the communication unit, to scroll an image displayed in the display apparatus in response to the motion sensor sensing the motion, and transmits a second control signal which corresponds to a touch sensed by the touch sensor, through the communication unit, to move an object within the scrolled image in response to the touch sensor sensing the touch.07-11-2013
20130176506DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A display apparatus includes: a display which displays an image based on an image signal; and a controller which controls the display unit to display a list of channel numbers which have been previously input, upon receiving a user's input to input a channel number. Thus, the display apparatus displays a list of channel numbers which have been previously input by a user, at the time of selection of a channel, thereby improving user's convenience in selecting channels.07-11-2013
20130093962SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PAIRING A REMOTE CONTROL TO VIDEO OR AUDIO COMPONENTS USING ULTRASOUND SIGNALS - Methods and systems for pairing remote controls to video or audio components are provided. The remote control, for example, may include, but is not limited to, an ultrasound receiver and a controller coupled to the ultrasound receiver. The controller may be configured to receive an ultrasound signal from the ultrasound receiver, extract pairing data from the ultrasound signal, and configure the remote control based upon the pairing data.04-18-2013
20130120666METHOD OF USING A MOBILE DEVICE WITH A TELEVISION DISPLAY - A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.05-16-2013
20110273625Intelligent Remote Control - A content access device and system may allow portable remote devices to be paired with a variety of different devices, allowing remote control through a network connection. Content access devices may expose application program interfaces, allowing incoming network traffic to control operation of the device much in the same way that a local infrared remote would. Routing content commands through an external application server may also yield other benefits, such as allowing more customized selection of information and advertising content to users based on their viewing history.11-10-2011
20080198274Self-diagnosis and sequential-display method of every function - The present invention related to an automatic machine, which performs automatically self-diagnosis and demonstration of functions without individual manipulations of every function by informing the consumer operation states of selected functions after displaying sequentially menu screens with executing a subroutine stored in a microcomputer according to an entrance of a demonstration key.08-21-2008
20080198273System and method for decoding infra-red (IR) signals - The disclosed embodiments relate to an electronic device configured to receive infra red (IR) signals. The electronic device comprises a first IR decoder configured to decode the IR signals when the electronic device is operating in a first power mode, and a second IR decoder configured to decode the IR signals when the video unit is operating in a second power mode.08-21-2008
20130148034COMBINED TELEPHONE/ TV REMOTE CONTROL - When a person arrives home with his mobile phone, the phone sends a presence signal via Bluetooth to the TV system in the home, which enables a telephone feature in which phone calls to the phone are relayed to the TV system. The remote control associated with the TV has a microphone and speaker so that a person can use the RC not only to control the TV but also to respond to phone calls, with the TV system relaying voice signals from the RC back to the phone.06-13-2013
20100283917REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, ELECTRIC APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication system is provided which implements more comfortable user operation where an electric apparatus which is remotely controlled by a remote controller (remote control apparatus) carries out processing operation in which an information recording medium is used. Remote controller data, remote controller controlling commands and reader/writer commands are placed into and transmitted by command data cmdDATA in packets of the same format. Further, reader/writer command data rwDATA and a reader/writer communication footer (parity for an error check and so forth) rwFT which have a longer data length are divided and placed divisionally into and transmitted together with the command data cmdDATA in communication packets. The transmitted data are received and merged.11-11-2010
20100283916TV Receiver, Associated TV System and TV Control Method - A television (TV) receiver includes a wireless module, a database, a user identification module and a channel selecting module. The wireless module receives a wireless signal carrying an identification (ID) data of a specific user. The database stores channel selecting information corresponding to a plurality of users. The user identification module retrieves channel selecting information corresponding to the specific user from the database according to the ID data of the specific user. The channel selecting module selects a channel according to the channel selecting information corresponding to the specific user. An associated TV system and TV control method are also provided.11-11-2010
20120274864CONFIGURATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONFIGURING ONE OR MORE DEVICES HAVING HIDDEN CONFIGURATION SETTINGS - A configuration apparatus includes a user interface allowing a user to initiate configuration of at least a target configurable device selected from a plurality of configurable devices. A command module is coupled to the user interface for dynamically generating a sequence of commands required to configure the target configurable device. The sequence of commands includes commands for entering a hidden service-configuration menu of the target configurable device. A communication module is coupled to the command module for transmitting the sequence of commands to the target configurable device.11-01-2012
20120274863REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONNECTED DEVICES - Systems and methods utilize a display to provide universal remote control functionality. A menu of options appears on a display of a display device. A user can navigate the various options to control devices that are separate from the display device. The menu may be dynamically configured according to the context in which the display device is being used. The menu may be activated using a remote control device or other device and the menu may include options for controlling one or more devices that are absent from the remote control device.11-01-2012
20120274862Outdoor Television Antenna - An outdoor television antenna includes VHF antenna elements, UHF antenna elements, reflector elements that are adapted to reflect broadcast signals, a rotation unit having a motor-fixed bolster and a main pole column, an antenna circuit that collects the VHF broadcast signals and the UHF broadcast signals and provides electric power to the rotation unit, a main body that supports the VHF antenna elements, the UHF antenna elements, the reflector elements and the motor-fixed bolster, and encloses the antenna circuit, a control unit that that relays the VHF and UHF broadcast signals and sends electric power to the antenna circuit, a remote controller that sends rotation control signal to the control unit, and a conductive cable that connects the control unit and the antenna circuit. The control circuit controls rotation of the rotation unit in response to the rotation control signal and the motor-fixed bolster rotates the main pole column with electric power delivered through the conductive cable.11-01-2012
20100309389SMART REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control unit for an entertainment system comprising a television or other display device, and a plurality of peripheral devices connected to the televisions. The remote control unit is adapted to send and receive information signals to and from the television and to the peripheral devices to control the devices. The television and remote control unit both preferably includes a receiver and transmitter and appropriate memory and logic coupled to the transmitter and receiver. Alternatively, the remote control unit preferably includes a receiver and transmitter and a repeater coupled to the receiver and the transmitter. In operation, the remote control unit sends commands to the television, which responds by sending information or a specific command back to the remote control unit. The remote control unit then retrieves and sends a specific command or repeats and sends the command received from the television to the appropriate peripheral device.12-09-2010
20120281149Mobile Terminal - A mobile device stores a TV application for serving as a remote control capable of controlling a TV receiver. The mobile device starts the process of starting the TV application and transmits, to the TV receiver, control signals to turn on the TV receiver before the TV application has been started. More particularly, the mobile device transmits the control signals to turn on the TV receiver while performing the process of starting the TV application. When the mobile device has started the TV application and then the TV receiver has been turned on in normal mode, a user can control the TV receiver by using the mobile device.11-08-2012
20130182191ANTENNA DIVERSITY FOR CONTROL DEVICE APPLICATIONS - One embodiment may take the form of a method for routing a signal to a target device. The method may include a control device that may transmit a signal on a first network. The signal may reach devices other than the target device. The devices that receive the signal may recognize that the signal is intended for another device and may transmit the signal on a second network. The signal may be received by the target device via the second network.07-18-2013
20130182192METHOD FOR MOVING POINTER IN VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS AND VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS THEREOF - The pointer movement method according to an embodiment of the present invention includes receiving a screen split request signal: displaying screen split line by which a browser screen is split into a plurality of split areas by partitioning the browser screen in response to the screen split request signal; displaying a pointer on a specific function performance area included in a specific split area of the plurality of split areas.07-18-2013
20090091664ERGONOMIC LEARNING REMOTE CONTROL - A parentally superintended remote control unit (SCU) physically engineered and electronically adapted to the special operating requirements of toddlers and preschoolers is disclosed. The parentally superintended remote control unit comprises at least one enclosure ergonomically designed to fit the hands and digits of said toddler, at least one toddler oriented button operated graphical unit interface (GUI), offering access to at least one electronic device function. In addition the remote control unit comprises at least one computerized processing means; at least one memory means adapted to store said parentally customizable specifications; and at least one communication means adapted to enable communication between said control unit and an electronic device preferably a TV.04-09-2009
20130120667REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a remote control apparatus includes a first input module, a second input module, a transmit/receive module and a controller. The first input module is configured to input a gesture pattern. The second input module is configured to input starting of an application. The transmit/receive module is configured to transmit information on the gesture pattern and to transmit or receive a command. The controller is configured to activate the first input module if starting of a particular application is input via the second input module, to transmit a command requesting specification of an operation mode for the starting of the particular application after touch-on via the first input module, and to set the operation mode based on reception of a command specifying the operation mode.05-16-2013
20110310307TELEVISION SET AND SPEAKER SYSTEM - A television set that transmits in a format based on a serial communication standard for digitally transferring audio, audio data to a speaker device with a built-in amplifier. The television set includes a control code transmission unit that, when an operation tool for effecting a predetermined function of the television set is operated on a remote controller, transmits in the format based on the serial communication standard, a control code corresponding to the predetermined function to the speaker device with the built-in amplifier.12-22-2011
201202873513D POINTING DEVICES - A remote control device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, has a ring-shaped or arcuate-shaped housing and at least one sensor mounted within the housing for sensing movement of said remote control device. The housing is adapted to promote a user's arm, hand and wrist to be substantially in a neutral position when the user is holding the remote control device.11-15-2012
20130194511REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR 3D VIDEO SYSTEM - A remote control device is operative to enable and facilitate user control of video systems that are operative to provide one or more three-dimensional (3D) viewing effects. According to an exemplary embodiment, the remote control device includes a user input terminal having an input element operative to receive user inputs to adjust at least one of a volume setting and a channel setting of a video system, and further operative to receive user inputs to adjust a three-dimensional (3D) viewing effect of the video system. A transmitter is operative to transmit control signals to the video system in response to the user inputs.08-01-2013
20130201407USER INTERFACE FOR OPERATING A COMPUTER FROM A DISTANCE - Switching between an arm's length user interface and a distance user interface is provided. A first user interface optimized to operate a computer from an arm's-length distance is presented on a display. A command is received. It is determined whether the command is from a wired device or a wirelessly-connected device. When the command is from a wired device, then the first user interface continues to be presented. When the command is from a wirelessly-connected device, then the display is toggled from the first user interface to the distance user interface. The distance user interface is optimized for operating the computer from a television-viewing distance. The television-viewing distance measured in feet is approximately half of a diagonal measure of the image displayed on the display device measured in inches.08-08-2013
20130208192REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR GENERATING CONTROL SIGNAL - A remote controller and a method for generating a control signal are provided by the present invention. The remote controller is capable of being connected with an electronic device having a television function. The electronic device is playing a first program signal. The first program signal comes from a network connected with the electronic device. The remote controller includes: a data receiving unit adapted to receive the first program signal from the electronic device; a touch screen connected with the data receiving unit and adapted to display at least one display object corresponding to a second program signal when the data receiving unit receives the second program signal; a control unit connected with the touch screen; and a data transmitting unit adapted to transmit data of the remote controller to the electronic device.08-15-2013

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