Patents by Inventor Norman G. Sheridan

Norman G. Sheridan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20220286317
    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: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Arling, Norman G. Sheridan, Arsham Hatambeiki, Thomas Henley, Jon Gallegos
  • Publication number: 20210183234
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20210165539
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20210120301
    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: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Rex Xu, Wesley Millora, Steven McAllister, Arsham Hatambeiki, Nicu Ahmadi, Jelmer Jonkman, Steve Gutman, Norman G. Sheridan, Haiming Huang
  • Patent number: 10984651
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10949064
    Abstract: A browser 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20200097144
    Abstract: A browser 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20200097145
    Abstract: A browser 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20200051424
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10514828
    Abstract: A browser 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 browser device and in turn then operates all of the consumer's electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10217352
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20190020493
    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: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Arling, Norman G. Sheridan, Arsham Hatambeiki, Thomas Henley, Jon Gallegos
  • Publication number: 20180357889
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from to the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20180101284
    Abstract: A browser 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9870123
    Abstract: A home entertainment device eliminates the need to use multiple remotes. The device is connected (by wired and/or wireless links) to electronic consumer devices (ECDs) to be controlled. A user uses a portable display device to view pages served by the device, and thereby to communicate with the device and indirectly control the ECDs. In a first aspect, a HDMI-CEC communication is used to identify a codeset from a codeset database. In a second aspect, the codeset of a remote is identified by serving pictures of remotes to the user. The user selects a picture and the system looks up its codeset. In a third aspect, keys on an illustration of a remote are dragged and dropped to create a new custom remote. In a fourth aspect, the user supplies a digital photograph of a remote. The system performs optical recognition and identifies the type of remote and its codeset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9437104
    Abstract: A server device receives identity data retrieved from an appliance through use of a physical and logical interconnection referenced to a standard. The identity data is used at the server device to identify within a database having a plurality of appliance records, each of which is cross-referenced to an appliance, an appliance record having data in one or more record fields which matches the identity data retrieved from the appliance. A codeset identifier associated with the identified appliance record is then used to select from a plurality of codesets a codeset for use in configuring the portable device to command functional operations of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Brian Barnett, Norman G. Sheridan, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9350850
    Abstract: A home entertainment device eliminates the need to use multiple remote's. The device is connected (by wired and/or wireless links) to electronic consumer devices (ECDs) to be controlled. A user uses a portable display device to view pages served by the device, and thereby to communicate with the device and indirectly control the ECDs. In a first aspect, a HDMI-CEC communication is used to identify a codeset from a codeset database. In a second aspect, the codeset of a remote is identified by serving pictures of remotes to the user. The user selects a picture and the system looks up its codeset. In a third aspect, keys on an illustration of a remote are dragged and dropped to create a new custom remote. In a fourth aspect, the user supplies a digital photograph of a remote. The system performs optical recognition and identifies the type of remote and its codeset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: UEI Cayman Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20150279205
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan