Remote Control Patents (Class 340/12.22)
  • Patent number: 10388150
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a storage configured to store a plurality of IR code sets corresponding to a plurality of external electronic apparatuses, a communicator configured to perform communication with at least one of the plurality of external electronic apparatuses and a remote control apparatus, and a processor configured to, in response to an operation corresponding to a test code included in one of the plurality of IR code sets being performed in the external electronic apparatus, determine an IR code set including the test code as an IR code set corresponding to the external electronic apparatus, and transmit, to the remote control apparatus, a command to map the determined IR code set to the remote control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-jin Park, Young-in Park, Min-sup Kim, Hyun-kyu Yun, Won-jae Lee, Dae-woo Cho
  • Patent number: 10345773
    Abstract: A currently touched position on a capacitive touch interface is determined based at least in part on sensing a capacitance associated with the currently touched position along a geometric shape, wherein the capacitive touch interface comprises a touchable surface at least a portion of which defines the geometric shape. The currently touched position is mapped to a corresponding value of an attribute associated with a current context. The corresponding value of the attribute is used to operate an external system associated with the current context in a manner determined at least in part by the corresponding value of the attribute. A feedback associated with the determined currently touched position and the current context is provided via the capacitive touch interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Josh.ai LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Earl Gill, Alex Nathan Capecelatro, Jason Hsin, Paul Philip Russo
  • Patent number: 10347120
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device. The display device comprises: a storage unit for storing control code sets corresponding to each of a plurality of remote controllers; a communication unit for receiving a first remote controller signal from a remote controller capable of controlling an external device; and a processor implementing controlling for automatically detecting a control code set corresponding to the remote controller from among the stored control code sets, on the basis of the received first remote controller signal, and transmitting the detected control code set to an integrated remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byuk-sun Kim, Kwan-young Kim, Kyu-jung Jo
  • Patent number: 10326875
    Abstract: A system for use in issuing commands to a plurality of appliances each of a specific one of a plurality of different appliance types includes a smart device adapted to transmit command communications and a plurality of low-energy consuming controllers each adapted to transmit a command to a one of the plurality of appliances of a specific one of the plurality of different appliance types in response to receipt of a command communication originating from the smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Brandt Thompson, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10284913
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for managing an entertainment system are provided. In some implementations, systems for managing an entertainment system are provided, the systems comprising: at least one hardware processor configured to: detect a first instruction; select a component of the entertainment system; determine a first state of the component; store an indication of the first state; detect a second instruction; retrieve the indication of the first state; generate a third instruction based on the indication of the first state; and transmit the third instruction to the component of the entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Majd Bakar
  • Patent number: 10248303
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operation display device including: a display unit to display a group of operation input items among a plurality of operation input items which are arranged in an arrangement order; an operating unit to receive a moving instruction operation for moving a position of the group of operation input items in accordance with the arrangement order, and to receive a setting operation for the operation input item; and a control unit to instruct the display unit to move the position of the group of operation input items so as to shorten a first display time for displaying one or more operation input items having a prohibition relation with the operation input item which has been set as compared with a second display time for displaying each of the other operation input items, in case that the operating unit receives the moving instruction operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10251056
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a biometric sensor, such as a fingerprint sensor, to identify biometric input. One or more processors are then operable to identify at least one paired device and at least one companion device operating within a wireless communication radius. The paired device then detects and identifies a simple gesture, communicating this in an electronic communication to a wireless communication circuit of the electronic device. The one or more processors then identify at least one authentication agent operating on the at least one companion device and select at least one authentication credential for the at least one authentication agent. The wireless communication circuit then delivers an authentication credential in response to the predefined gesture input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Sudhir Vissa, Vivek Tyagi, Douglas Lautner, David Schuster
  • Patent number: 10236986
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical narrowcasting are provided for transmitting various types of content. Optical narrowcasting content indicative of the presence of additional information along with identifying information may be transmitted. The additional information (which may include meaningful amounts of advertising information, media, or any other content) may also be transmitted as optical narrowcasting content. Elements of an optical narrowcasting system may include optical transmitters and optical receivers which can be configured to be operative at distances ranging from, e.g., 400 meters to 1200 meters. At such far-field distances, light beams emitted from the optical transmitters can be combined in a tiled fashion to create energy efficient and directable optical transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARON SUREFIRE, LLC
    Inventors: Narkis E. Shatz, John C. Bortz
  • Patent number: 10225377
    Abstract: This document relates to protocol translation for remote control of various devices. One example is a technique that includes identifying a controlled device that has a controlled device communication protocol for controlling the controlled device. The technique also includes obtaining translation data that conveys translations of commands from another protocol into the controlled device protocol. The technique also includes configuring a delay for transmitting the translated commands, and performing translation between the another protocol and the controlled device protocol using the translation data and the configured delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Garrett Blankenburg, Michael Duggan, Andres Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10213352
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand-held control (1) for furniture drives (81), comprising a touch-sensitive control panel section (3, 3a, 3b) that has a number of actuation surfaces (4). A method for detecting actuation of the hand-held control (1) is also provided. An electromotive furniture drive (81) is fitted with a hand-held control (1) of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DewertOkin GmbH
    Inventor: Armin Hille
  • Patent number: 10179568
    Abstract: A remote access system for a vehicle may include at least one receiver configured to detect a location of a mobile device, and a controller having a processor. The processor may be configured to determine an association of the mobile device to an authorized user when the mobile device is within a first range from the vehicle, and authenticate the user when the mobile device is within a second range from the vehicle, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range. The processor may also be configured to determine a vehicle function to perform based on data associated with the mobile device or the user, and perform the vehicle function when the mobile device is within a third range from the vehicle and the user is authenticated, wherein the third range is smaller than the second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamad Mwaffak Hariri, Adam Michael Kibit, Mark Lewis Zeinstra, Matthew R. Partsch, Daniel L. Kowalewski, Cian John Francis Brogan
  • Patent number: 10176783
    Abstract: A computer-driven wearable display device incorporating a display engine for presenting virtual images to wearers is interconnected with a computer-driven portable display device incorporating a display screen for presenting real images to the wearers of the wearable display device. An applications management and communication system including an external manager application residing on the portable display device provides for managing and launching applications residing on the wearable display device through the user interface of the portable display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vuzix Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. Travers, Michael McCrackan
  • Patent number: 10166080
    Abstract: A cooperatively controlled robotic system includes a main robot assembly, and an arm assembly comprising a proximal end and a distal end. The arm assembly is connected to the main robot assembly at the proximal end. The system also includes a tool assembly connected to the arm assembly at the distal end, a first force sensor between the distal end of the arm assembly and the tool assembly, and a second force sensor between the proximal end of the arm assembly and the main robot assembly. The system includes a control system that is configured to determine a force applied at the first force sensor based on a force detected by the second force sensor, and to compare the determined force to a force detected by the first force sensor to detect a failure of at least one of the first and second force sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Marcin Arkadiusz Balicki, Kevin C. Olds, Russell H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10163337
    Abstract: A method for automatically transmitting an activation signal from a trainable transceiver to a remote electronic system, includes receiving, at a control circuit of the trainable transceiver, image data from an image data source; determining, using the control circuit, if the received image data matches one or more reference images stored in memory and associated with the remote electronic system; and determining, in response to a match between the received image data and the one or more reference images, if the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system. The method includes, in response to determining that the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system, formatting an activation signal to control the remote electronic system and transmitting, using a transceiver circuit, the activation signal formatted to control the remote electronic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, David M. Bostrom
  • Patent number: 10163336
    Abstract: Various arrangements involving an absolute direction of a remote control device are presented herein. In response to user input received by a remote control device, the orientation of the remote control device may be determined. A compass heading direction in which the remote control device is pointed may be determined. An absolute direction may be determined based on the determined orientation and the determined compass heading. A target control device may be selected from a plurality of target control devices based on the absolute heading of the remote control device. A message indicative of the user input may then be transmitted to the selected target control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Christopher Burns
  • Patent number: 10144345
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a running board operable between deployed and undeployed positions. The running board includes a light source. An energy storage device is electrically coupled to the light source. An inductive receiving coil is electrically coupled to the energy storage device. A transmitting coil is positioned proximate an exterior surface of the vehicle. The transmitting coil is configured to transmit a magnetic field to the receiver coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Stinson, Mark Beilman
  • Patent number: 10126737
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with an auxiliary device for commanding a movable barrier operator, the apparatus having a first communication interface, a processor device, and a second communication interface. The first communication interface being configured to receive a status change request from the auxiliary device. The processor device runs a movable barrier controller application and is configured to generate a control signal for the movable barrier operator in response to receiving the status change request. The second communication interface is configured to send the control signal to the movable barrier operator through a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 10127240
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to data assembly and analytics, as can be used in the personal finance and banking field, and more particularly to the field of lending and credit notification methods and systems. Preferred embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for creating objects which can be used in multiple implementations to generate scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ZestFinance, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. L. Merrill, John J. Beahan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10085905
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a first transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with a second transceiver of a headwall interface that is positioned off of the person support apparatus. A communication link is automatically established between the first and second transceivers without requiring a user of the person support apparatus to activate a designated control and without requiring the user to identify the headwall interface. The first transceiver includes a unique identifier assigned to the headwall interface in its messages to the headwall interface. The first transceiver may also automatically transmit a disconnect signal to the headwall interface indicating the termination of the communication link is not accidental. The disconnect signal is sent based on one or more of the following: (1) a brake being off, (2) an A/C power cord being unplugged; and/or (3) a signal strength between the transceivers decreasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie Désaulniers, Michael Joseph Hayes
  • Patent number: 10049420
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a response/suggestion to a user by a digital assistant is provided herein. During operation the digital assistant will have access to devices connected to it via a personal-area network (PAN). The digital assistant will then tailor any response/suggestion to the user based on PAN devices associated with the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Geng Xiang Lee, Kok Khian Ng, Luiloon Stephen Kuan, Raamkumar Krishnan, Kong Chin Chee
  • Patent number: 10032364
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a wireless lighting application (app) is executed on a mobile device to configure a wireless lighting control system including a plurality of wireless lighting control devices. A connection is established between the mobile device and a wireless lighting control device. In response to user input in a graphical user interface (GUI) of the wireless lighting app, the wireless lighting app configures at least one of a lighting controller, keypads or lamp modules by at least associating an attached lighting load with a load name. Further, the wireless lighting app defines a lighting scene that uses the lighting load having the load name. Still further, the wireless lighting app assigns the lighting scene to a programmable button of one of the wireless lighting control devices such that, in response to a press of the programmable button, the wireless lighting control system produces the predefined lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Hamm, Kevin C. Kicklighter, Nichol F. Draper
  • Patent number: 10029649
    Abstract: A vehicle system comprises an onboard apparatus that is mounted to a vehicle, and a portable device. The vehicle system controls the vehicle according to a result of collation using wireless communication in which a signal is transmitted and received on electric wave, between the onboard apparatus and the portable device. The onboard apparatus includes a vehicle-side transmission processor that transmits a first signal which specifies signal intensity information and, following transmission of the first signal, transmits a second signal having a signal intensity, the signal intensity information being information on the signal intensity of the second signal. The portable device includes a portable device-side reception antenna that receives a signal transmitted from the vehicle-side transmission antenna, a signal intensity measurement portion, and a reply determiner that determines whether a replay is performed to the onboard apparatus for the collation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Katou, Nobuyoshi Nagai
  • Patent number: 10034340
    Abstract: A network switch (5) for example a PoE switch, is operable to control supply of electrical power to individual luminaires (1,2) in a lighting network. The luminaires receive both electrical power for operation and signals to switch on and off through a common cable connection (9) such as an Ethernet connection. When switched on, each luminaire sends a signal repeatedly towards the Po E switch until switched off and the switch (5) supplies power to the luminaire while successive signals are received within a period less than a predetermined shut off period (?). In this way, power to the luminaire can be disconnected to avoid consumption of standby power when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Xiangyu Wang
  • Patent number: 10019001
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automatic movement maneuver of a motor vehicle between an initial position and a final position includes establishing a path between the initial position and the final position of the vehicle and recording the path in a memory. The method also includes initiating automatic movement of the vehicle from the initial position, automatically moving the vehicle along the path, and automatically stopping the vehicle in the final position. Additionally, the method includes emitting a repetitive control signal from a mobile terminal and slaving the automatic movement of the vehicle along the path to a reception of the repetitive control signal by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventor: Christophe Dang Van Nhan
  • Patent number: 10002524
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling groups of devices in a home network system are provided. The method includes receiving a request message for executing a first operation mode from a mobile station through the Internet, reading a control list stored for the first operation mode, in order to determine home devices associated with the first operation mode and in order to determine functions of the home devices, in response to the request message, transmitting control commands, instructing the home devices to execute the functions, to the home devices, respectively, according to the control list, and reporting the results of execution of the functions, according to the control commands, to the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Hyun Shim, Kyung-Jae Kim, Keun-Cheol Lee, Kyung-Tack Kwon, Hae-Moon Jung
  • Patent number: 9989939
    Abstract: A wireless device (1) searches a database that stores positional information of the wireless device (1), a device (2-4) and control identifiers for controlling the devices (2-4) in an associated manner, acquires a device (2-4) located near the wireless device (1) and a control identifier for controlling the device (2-4) based on the positional information of the wireless device (1), and, based on the device (2-4) and the control identifier for controlling the device (2-4) that have been acquired, determines a controlled device (at least one of the devices (2-4)) and generates a control identifier for the controlled device. The wireless device (1) transmits, by wireless communication, the generated controlled identifier to a receiver mounted on the controlled device to control the controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: NEC COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, LTD., A SCHOOL CORPORATION KANSAI UNIVERSITY, ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE INT
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ito, Yukihiro Hara, Masahito Iwai, Yuma Asada, Yuta Okamoto, Shota Kakibuti, Ryou Nagase, Shohei Fukayama, Hironori Fukui, Noboru Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Yomo, Takatoshi Kimura, Suhua Tang, Akio Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9980002
    Abstract: The present invention provides an intelligent TV control system and implementation method thereof, through a group of pressure sensors, pressure data and vital signs data of a plurality of body parts of user are collected; before being transmitted to terminal of intelligent TV, which then processes pressure data and vital signs data received from terminal of pressure sensors, and obtains sitting posture information and mental state information of user, before sending out a corresponding sitting posture adjustment advice or controlling to change play state of TV, based on sitting posture information and mental state information. The system and implementation method thereof, as described in present invention, by obtaining user state information, and controlling TV to adjust parameters automatically according to user state information, has improved an intelligence of intelligent TV, and provided convenience to users when using intelligent TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Skyworth-RGB Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ge Yan
  • Patent number: 9955210
    Abstract: A voice control system and method for a multimedia device are provided. The system includes an image sensing module configured to collect a user action image; an image recognizing module configured to determine a type or a status of a control instruction according to the user action image; a voice recognition status managing module configured to activate or wake up the voice recognition program according to a type of a current control instruction; a pickup module configured to collect voice signal; a voice recognizing module configured to recognize the collected voice data to generate a control instruction; and a multimedia function module configured to execute the control instruction to provide a corresponding multimedia function to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN PRTEK CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Hongzhi Wang, Leyuan Liu, Nong Sang, Guohua Liu
  • Patent number: 9947153
    Abstract: A Bluetooth enabled Smartphone may be used for both access control and start authorization in a secure and safe way, and embodiments are backward-compatible with conventional vehicle access and start systems. A smart phone acts as an intermediary authorization device to a code generator which effectively resembles a car key that is installed in a vehicle. A Bluetooth transceiver and the code generator—and, optionally, for the retrofit solution, an RF/LF transceiver—are added to the vehicle. The Bluetooth transceiver communicates with the smart phone. The code generator communicates with electronic control units in the vehicle that control access, immobilization, and engine start. The communication may happen via a wired connection or, in the case of the retrofit solution, via an RF/LF transceiver that mimics an additional car key programmed to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nikolas Bergerhoff, Ritesh Ahuja
  • Patent number: 9934188
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a housing including a connector configured to connect to an external device, a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter communicates with a sink device via the connector. The receiver communicates with a source device via the connector. If the connector is set as an output port for outputting a video signal, the transmitter is connected to the connector via first, second and third switching circuits. If the connector is set as an input port for inputting a video signal, the receiver is connected to the connector via the first, second and third switching circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroaki Chiba
  • Patent number: 9930395
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first input for displaying an external input list; and displaying, by the display device, the external input list in response to the first input. The external input list includes a first button for displaying a first external input list including at least one icon corresponding to at least one external device connected to the transmitting device, and a second button for displaying a second external input list including at least one icon representing at least one external device connected to the display device. The first external input list is displayed when the first button is selected. The second external input list is displayed when the second button is selected. The method further includes receiving a second input for selecting an icon from the external input list; and accessing an external input corresponding to the selected icon in response to the second input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS
    Inventors: Tae Hyoung Kim, Woo Jin Jeong, Man Gu Kwon
  • Patent number: 9905125
    Abstract: According to the principles as disclosed herein, a remote control contains a microphone. The microphone inside the remote control picks up the audio content of all surrounding sound in the room in which is it located. Specifically, if a program is being presented for viewing and listening on a particular A/V system, a remote control with a microphone will hear the program which is being presented at the same time that the system is sending the signal to its own speakers. The A/V system then receives a signal from the remote control providing the audio signal that that remote control has received. If the audio signal which the remote control has received matches the audio signal which the A/V system output to its speakers to broadcast into the room, then the A/V system will switch to be able to receive input from that particular remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory H. Greene
  • Patent number: 9894414
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that selects media content for consumption by a user while the user is moving from one location to another. For example, the media guidance application may present advertisements or recommend content to a user that is contextually relevant to the destination of the user. Additionally or alternatively, the advertisements or recommended content may be selected based on the potential destinations of the user, how quickly a user is traveling, a direction the user is traveling, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Ward, Walter R. Klappert, Calvin Nguyen, Donn Smith
  • Patent number: 9877077
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for managing an entertainment system are provided. In some implementations, systems for managing an entertainment system are provided, the systems comprising: at least one hardware processor configured to: detect a first instruction; select a component of the entertainment system; determine a first state of the component; store an indication of the first state; detect a second instruction; retrieve the indication of the first state; generate a third instruction based on the indication of the first state; and transmit the third instruction to the component of the entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Majd Bakar
  • Patent number: 9858808
    Abstract: A method for automatically transmitting an activation signal from a trainable transceiver to a remote electronic system, includes receiving, at a control circuit of the trainable transceiver, image data from an image data source; determining, using the control circuit, if the received image data matches one or more reference images stored in memory and associated with the remote electronic system; and determining, in response to a match between the received image data and the one or more reference images, if the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system. The method includes, in response to determining that the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system, formatting an activation signal to control the remote electronic system and transmitting, using a transceiver circuit, the activation signal formatted to control the remote electronic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, David M. Bostrom
  • Patent number: 9826187
    Abstract: Methods and systems, such as television receivers, are disclosed for receiving data from remote controls for manipulation of graphical user interfaces. Aspects include providing a seamless transition between absolute and relative navigational schemes to allow for users to more efficiently make use of touch and position sensitive remote controls. Further, aspects include dynamically scaling the touch and position sensitive remote controls outputs to match various grid sizes that may be included in the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Morgan Kirby
  • Patent number: 9813482
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a process-management interface on a companion device that allows a user to control characteristics of an application running on a primary device. The interface can change a size or position of a viewport and change the primary device's control focus to or away from viewport. The process-management interface also allows a user to target a process on the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross David Heeter, Jason Robert Tuck, Cyrus Kanga
  • Patent number: 9802574
    Abstract: An apparatus in a wireless vehicle-access system, that includes a vehicle and a fob, includes: a vehicle-authorization parameter module configured to obtain a value of a vehicle-authorization parameter wherein the vehicle-authorization parameter comprises at least one of movement of the fob, a received directional signal, or a received audible signal; and a vehicle function compatibility module configured to: determine whether the value of the vehicle-authorization parameter is consistent or inconsistent with a desired function of the vehicle; inhibit the desired function of the vehicle in response to the value of the vehicle-authorization parameter being determined to be inconsistent with the desired function of the vehicle; and permit the desired function of the vehicle in response to the value of the vehicle-authorization parameter being determined to be consistent with the desired function of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Bjorn Markus Jakobsson
  • Patent number: 9799211
    Abstract: A control signal receiver of an equipment control device receives a control signal for equipment transmitted by a remote control terminal from a communication device via the Internet. A remote control authorization receiver receives, from a resident of a home, an authorization with respect to the control signal received by the control signal receiver. When the authorization receiver receives an authorization from the resident of the home, an equipment controller controls the equipment on the basis of the received control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tadaaki Sakamoto, Masayuki Komatsu, Shinji Nakamura, Satoshi Minezawa, Yuki Ogawa, Shiro Suzuki, Masaaki Yabe
  • Patent number: 9787968
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes a first data stream generation unit, a second data stream generation unit, and a data transmission unit. The first data stream generation unit generates an image compression data stream. The second data stream generation unit generates a audio compression data stream to which specific information which is not directly related to audio data is added. The data transmission unit multiplexes the image compression data stream generated by the first data stream generation unit and the audio compression data stream generated by the second data stream generation unit, and transmits the resulting data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 9762065
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a device for controlling electronic devices. The method includes the following steps. According to a triggering signal, a first control signal is generated for controlling a first electronic device to execute a first action. After that, based on whether the first electronic device executes the first action, a first feedback signal is generated. When the first feedback signal indicates that the first electronic device executes the first action, a second control signal is generated for controlling a second electronic device to execute a second action. Therefore, the method and the device of the present invention provide interaction and simultaneous control between the device and a plurality of electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Kuo Lu
  • Patent number: 9743138
    Abstract: A system and method is described for monitoring a program signal for certain content, and performing a set of tasks when target content is recognized. Target content may be identified by using acoustic or video fingerprinting hardware or software to identify characteristic components of the program signal, and performing a lookup in a database of known content. When a match is made to known content, a task maybe performed such as muting the audio, blocking the video, or fast-forwarding past the content. A secondary action unit may be employed to receive control signals and rebroadcast the same to a media device. When the broadcast of the target media is determined to have completed, a corollary set of tasks are performed. In embodiments, the system may be implemented as one or more standalone hardware components, or in software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: MUTR LLC
    Inventor: John Caudell
  • Patent number: 9716616
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a networking switch includes an interswitch link (ISL) interface configured to communicate with a second networking switch via an ISL and a networking port configured to connect to an access switch in Layer-2 (L2) via a virtual link aggregation (vLAG) with the second networking switch. The networking switch includes a virtual router redundancy protocol (VRRP) module configured to perform active interact protocol (IP) forwarding. Moreover, the VRRP module is configured to indicate a status of the networking switch to the second networking switch via the ISL. The status is one of: initialization when the networking switch is not currently active (INIT), back-up status when the networking switch is acting as a back-up switch (BACK-UP), or master status when the networking switch is acting as a master switch (MASTER). In addition, the networking switch is positioned at a boundary between L2 and Layer-3 (L3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan Wx Li, Tamanna Z. Sait, Naveen C. Sekhara, Venkatesan Selvaraj
  • Patent number: 9715825
    Abstract: A method for automatically transmitting an activation signal from a trainable transceiver to a remote electronic system, includes receiving, at a control circuit of the trainable transceiver, image data from an image data source; determining, using the control circuit, if the received image data matches one or more reference images stored in memory and associated with the remote electronic system; and determining, in response to a match between the received image data and the one or more reference images, if the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system. The method includes, in response to determining that the trainable transceiver is approaching the remote electronic system, formatting an activation signal to control the remote electronic system and transmitting, using a transceiver circuit, the activation signal formatted to control the remote electronic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, David M. Bostrom
  • Patent number: 9699292
    Abstract: A content reproducing method and system for performing seamless playback of contents between devices is provided. The contents reproducing system includes a portable device which, when a short distance communication with a remote control which is configured to control an electronic device occurs during reproducing of contents, generates data required by the electronic device for reproducing the contents that are being reproduced, and which transmits the generated data to the remote control; the remote control which receives the data from the portable device and which transmits the received data to the electronic device, in conjunction with the occurrence of the short distance communication with the portable device; and the electronic device for receiving the contents from a contents provider and reproducing the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung-jeong Jeon, Youn-gun Jung, Kwan-min Lee
  • Patent number: 9684484
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein involve connected states between a mobile device and one or more zones in a network media system and different interactions between the mobile device and the network media system involving the connected states. The connected states may be established between the mobile device and the one or more zones such that further actions taken on media items identified in the playlist on the mobile device may also be taken on corresponding media items in a playback queue associated with the one or more zones. The interface on the mobile device may display various graphical representations to indicate the different interactions involving the connected states, including when a connected state is established, when a connected state is lost, and when a reconnected state is reestablished. The interface may further provide selectable icons to allow a user to navigate among the different media playback options involving the connected states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Kumar, Andrew Schulert, Robert Andrew Lambourne, Arthur L. Coburn, IV
  • Patent number: 9671928
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided for controlling electronic devices using a mobile remote control device. A mobile remote control device provides an interface to control a plurality of electronic devices. The mobile device has a unique identifier, and the electronic device transmits a presentation of a remote control to the mobile device. A user of the mobile device controls the electronic device by operating the “virtual” remote control displayed on the mobile device. The user may further define his or her custom remote control. The user may define batches of commands, or “macros” that transmit a specific series of commands to one or more electronic devices. Proximity and motion of a mobile device may be used as an input, such that the electronic devices are programmed to react in specific ways depending upon the position and movement of the user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves, Ryan Schaub
  • Patent number: 9655810
    Abstract: A spa node comprising a spa controller, a power sense adapter configured to compute power being drawn by selected spa components; a spa network adapter, and a home network adapter, each of the three adapters including a wireless transceiver wherein the spa network adapter is configured to receive power data transmitted over a wireless link by the power sense adapter and to further receive status/performance data from the spa controller. The home network adapter is configured to receive power and status data transmitted by the spa network adapter over a wireless link and to convert that data to a form suitable for transmission to an Internet access point. The home network adapter is further linkable over the Internet to a central server, a dealer computer and a spa owner or user computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: WATKINS MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephen S. Macey
  • Patent number: 9661119
    Abstract: A device and a method for the wireless control of a medical device (30) by means of a remote control (10, 60, 70, 80), in which via at least one first input unit (12) provided via a touchscreen of the remote control (10, 60, 70, 80) at least one control information for activating and/or deactivating a control function for controlling the device (30) is input. At least one release information is input via a second input unit (18, 84) of the remote control (10, 60, 70, 80) which is independent of the first input unit (12). When the control information is input, the control function is only activated and/or deactivated when the release information is input via the second input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Mankopf, Michael Fruh, Jürgen Ruch
  • Patent number: 9652912
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette