Patents Assigned to Universal Electronics Inc.
  • Patent number: 11557200
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method is described for controlling one or more consumer electronic devices that is performed by a smart device. The smart device causes one or more graphical elements, each for performing a particular operation to be displayed. The smart device then causes an action to be performed when the user selects one of the graphical elements, for example by pressing one of the keys on the universal controlling device or by speaking a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Rex Xu, Jesus Perez, Jon Gallegos
  • Patent number: 11551883
    Abstract: Axis orientation compensation is provided in a system in which movement of a controlling device is used to control navigational functions of a target appliance by determining which one of plural sides of the controlling device is an active side of the controlling device and by causing navigational functions of the target appliance made relative to at least one of an X, Y, and Z axis of the target appliance to be dynamically aligned with movements of the controlling device made relative to at least one of an A, B, and C axis of the controlling device as a function of the one of the plural sides of the controlling device that is determined to be the active side of the controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Gerben Meijer
  • Patent number: 11551546
    Abstract: A universal remote control (URC) is programmed to control a particular type and make of electronic consumer device using a graphical user interface. A plurality of images is displayed on the user-interface. Each image of the plurality of images is a digital photograph of an electronic consumer device or a remote control device usable to control the corresponding electronic consumer device. A user selects the digital photograph of the particular type and make of electronic consumer device or its corresponding remote control device. Codeset information associated with the selected device is transmitted to the URC such that the URC is programmed to control the selected device. If the codeset information is a codeset identifier, then it is displayed on the user interface. The user enters the codeset identifier into the URC such that the URC is programmed to control the selected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel SauFu Mui
  • Patent number: 11533530
    Abstract: An entertainment device initiates a configuration process of a controlling device in response to a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 11531995
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a consent-processing request at a consent management platform from a content-presentation device, and using an identifier string in the request to establish a secure interactive session configured for user selection of consent options associated with a particular consent package of the platform, where the package may include identifiers of consent features of a media distribution system that require user consent in order to be activated for the device. The platform may then receive, via the interactive session, user consent data including a respective consent choice for each of one or more consent options, where each respective consent choice indicates acceptance or rejection of consent to activating an associated consent feature identified with the particular consent package. The received respective consent choices may be stored in a database of the consent management platform. Corresponding data may be stored in a whitelist on the content-presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Paul Johnson, Peter William Ellison, Matthew Jorgensen, George Earl Harvey, Kurt Roman Thielen
  • Patent number: 11520462
    Abstract: A device communicates via Wi-Fi with a central function device. The function device has information regarding all the various remote controls needed by the consumer. The function device communicates wirelessly with the device and in turn then operates all of the consumer's electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 11488469
    Abstract: A set top box receives from a remote control device one or more of a codeset identifier, data indicative of a brand and model for a consumer electronic device, and remote control diagnostic information. The set top box then causes information representative of the received codeset identifier, data indicative of a brand and model for a consumer electronic device, and remote control diagnostic information to be displayed in a display device associated with the set top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dan N. McKay, Raymond O. Chock
  • Patent number: 11489691
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for using a controlling device for receiving voice input to control the operation of voice controlled smart appliances and, more particularly, to a controlling device for recognizing voice commands and for use in routing a signal, based on voice commands from the user, to two or more voice controlled smart appliances from different consumer brand names.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Arling, Norman G. Sheridan, Arsham Hatambeiki, Thomas Henley, Jon Gallegos
  • Patent number: 11477524
    Abstract: Sensing interfaces associated with a home entertainment system are used to automate a system response to events which occur in a viewing area associated with the home entertainment system. Data derived from such sensing interfaces may also be used to enhance the response readiness of one or more system components. Still further, user presence data derived from such sensing interfaces may be used to capture and report user viewing habits and/or preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 11474487
    Abstract: A controllable device, such as a set top box, responds to a transmission received from a one of a plurality of controlling devices of differing capabilities by entering into a one of a plurality of operating modes wherein the one of the plurality of operating modes entered into corresponds to the capabilities of the controlling device from which the transmission originated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Olav B. M. Pouw, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 11457260
    Abstract: A system and method uses a first device fingerprint for a set-top box (STB) installed within a home theater environment which includes an over-the-top (OTT) device to cause a one a plurality of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) remote control setup procedures to be selected for use to configure an OEM remote control for the STB and the selected one of the plurality of OEM remote control setup procedures uses a second device fingerprint for the OTT device to cause the OEM remote control to be configured to transmit one or more commands to control functional operations of the OTT device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 11451618
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for enabling voice interaction with appliances, services (e.g., media streaming services, gaming services, news feed services, social platform services, etc.), and the like by way of appropriate supplied apps (also referred to as “skills,” “actions,” or the like) which may be presented or downloaded to a smart device having associated therewith one or more cloud-based voice service platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Haiming Huang, Nicu Ahmadi, Rex Xu, Wesley Millora
  • Patent number: 11445011
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for enabling voice interaction with appliances, services (e.g., media streaming services, gaming services, news feed services, social platform services, etc.), and the like by way of appropriate supplied apps (also referred to as “skills,” “actions,” or the like) which may be presented or downloaded to a smart device having associated therewith one or more cloud-based voice service platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Haiming Huang, Nicu Ahmadi, Rex Xu, Wesley Millora, Steven McAllister
  • Patent number: 11430026
    Abstract: A pre-defined cost savings benefit is provided to a guest as a function of an amount of a calculated cost savings that can be attributed to the guest during a period of occupancy by the guest. Utility cost saving are tracked in real-time during the period of guest occupancy and the guest will be able to use a device to visualize the utility cost savings that are being realized during this period. By being able to view the utility cost savings being realized in real-time, the guest will be incentivized to directly engage in a utility cost savings effort for the personal benefit of the guest which will, in turn, benefit the hotel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Masakazu Sueda
  • Patent number: 11422683
    Abstract: A system and methods for facilitation of user interactions with an electronic device. A number of user interface methods are described and may be used alone or in combination with one another to present an enhanced interface to a user. A method of providing user interaction using a compact status indicator is described. A method for providing a virtual scroll wheel to a user for interaction with content sets is described. A method for allowing a user to dynamically modify a scalable user interface is described. A method for providing gesture based input to a user via a virtual gesture pad is described. A method of providing an interactive graphic search query interface is to described. A method for indicating and selecting available content type is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Cheryl Scott, Allen Yuh, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 11410542
    Abstract: In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a Universal Control Engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the Universal Control Engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Brian Barnett
  • Patent number: 11405677
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Barnett, Arsham Hatambeiki, Rex Xu, Jesus Perez
  • Patent number: 11398148
    Abstract: A bridge device, in communication with a smart device, functions to command one or more controllable appliances in response to communications received from the smart device. The bridge device also includes input elements by which the bridge device can be used to directly command common functional operations of the one or more controllable appliances. In this manner, common functional operations, such as volume control, playback pause/resume control, etc., may be made readily available without necessitating the use of the smart device, whilst the more sophisticated GUI provided by the smart device remote control app may be advantageously utilized when more complex or less frequently used command functions are to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Perez, Joven Jubilo, Rex Xu, Jeffrey Kohanek, Brandt Thompson
  • Patent number: 11380191
    Abstract: A radio frequency connection between a controlling device and a one of a plurality of controllable appliances in an environment is used to determine when the controlling device is pointing more towards the one of the plurality of controllable appliances relative to remaining ones of the plurality of controllable appliances. When it is determined that the controlling device is pointing more towards the one of the plurality of controllable appliances relative to remaining ones of the plurality of controllable appliances, the controlling device automatically makes active a command codeset usable to transmit commands to command functional operations of the one of the plurality of controllable appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Courtney, Jeremy Mickelsen, Khanh Nguyen, Haiming Huang, Jan van Ee, Lokanath Penukonda, Jesus Perez
  • Patent number: D961560
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Martin van Til, Niek Fox, Luigi D'Andrea