Communication Device Patents (Class 379/102.02)
  • Patent number: 10484546
    Abstract: A doorbell conversion device includes a power input terminal, a power output terminal, two doorbell trigger terminals, a power conversion unit, and a trigger signal unit. The power conversion unit is coupled between the power input terminal and the power output terminal for generating a sensing signal in response to an electric potential of the power output terminal. While the electric potential of the power output terminal is grounded, the power input terminal and the power output terminal are disconnected. In contrast, the power input terminal and the power output terminal are connected. The trigger signal unit is coupled between the power conversion unit and the two doorbell trigger terminals for controlling the two doorbell trigger terminals to be opened or shorted based upon the sensing signal. While the electric potential of the power output terminal is grounded, the two doorbell trigger terminals are shorted. In contrast, they are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10416948
    Abstract: A head mount display and method for outputting an output of the same are discussed. The method includes outputting a first task from the head mount display, the first task including at least one of a first video output and a first audio output; recognizing a portable device, which outputs a second task including at least one of a second video output and a second audio output; determining whether the first and second video outputs are swapping targets, if the portable device is recognized; swapping the first video output with the second video output if the first and second video outputs are determined to be swapping targets; determining whether the first and second audio outputs are swapping targets, if the portable device is recognized; and swapping the first audio output with the second audio output if the first and second audio outputs are determined to be swapping targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jihyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10310807
    Abstract: Provided is a method of adjusting volume of an audio signal output from an electronic device, the method including: connecting the electronic device and a mobile terminal; receiving, by the electronic device, at least one of setting information regarding adjusting of the volume of the audio signal and usage history information of the at least one mobile terminal; receiving, by the electronic device, event generation information from the at least one mobile terminal; determining, by the electronic device, a volume adjusting operation to be performed on the audio signal based on the at least one of the setting information and the usage history information, and the event generation information; and adjusting the volume of the audio signal according to the volume adjusting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang-yoon Jang
  • Patent number: 10244093
    Abstract: A method including: transmitting, by a control device, a first portion of content comprising a first portion of a signal corresponding to a multimedia presentation characteristic of a peripheral device; receiving, when an adjustment of the signal is below an adjustment threshold, a first instance of an input indicating a request to change the multimedia presentation characteristic; in response to receiving the first instance of the input, adjusting a second portion of the signal and transmitting a second portion of the content comprising the adjusted second portion of the signal; receiving, when the adjustment of the signal is at or above the adjustment threshold, a second instance of the input; and transmitting, in response to receiving the second instance of the input, a communication signal to the peripheral device to adjust a peripheral device control of an output of the multimedia presentation characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Yu-Ling Fu, Qiu-Ling Li
  • Patent number: 10185536
    Abstract: A method includes: when a first terminal determines to start to execute a voice service, sending a first message to a third terminal, where the first message is used to trigger the third terminal to determine that a location relationship between a second terminal and the first terminal meets a preset condition, and when the second terminal is playing audio by using a loudspeaker, sending a second message to the second terminal, where the second message is used to control the second terminal to adjust a playing mode; and when the first terminal determines to stop executing the voice service, sending a third message to the third terminal, where the third message is used to trigger the third terminal to send a fourth message to the second terminal, and the fourth message is used to control the second terminal to restore the playing mode before the adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jingqing Mei
  • Patent number: 10057880
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for providing notifications in a communication network of a plurality of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In an aspect, a supervisor device in the communication network detects a notification directed to a wireless mobile device in the communication network and sends at least one instruction to at least a first IoT device of the plurality of IoT devices to reduce an operating volume or suspend operation of the first IoT device. The first IoT device receives the at least one instruction from the supervisor device and reduces the operating volume of the IoT device or suspends the operation of the IoT device in response to the at least one instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ravi Kanth Kotreka, Harinath Reddy Patel, Pankaj Bansal, Mahender Reddy Akkapally, Praveen Peruru, Karthikeyan Sabapathi, Abhijeet Sinha
  • Patent number: 9985766
    Abstract: A virtual gateway software application may comprise a graphical user interface, and be configured to receive immediate command instructions for local connected devices from each of: a user, via the graphical user interface; a remote server on the Internet; and a physical network bridge of at least one of the connected devices via a wireless LAN or a short-range communication protocol. The application may relay the immediate command instructions to one or more of the connected devices via the wireless LAN or the short-range communication protocol while the device on which the application resides is within the particular building environment. It may store delayed command instructions for the local connected devices from each of: the user, via the graphical user interface; and the remote server on the Internet; and relay one or more of the delayed command instructions from the mobile communication device to one or more of the connected devices via the wireless LAN or the short-range protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Yonomi, Inc.
    Inventors: Joss Scholten, Kent Dickson, Garett Madole
  • Patent number: 9819812
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for presenting multimedia content to a caller and/or a called party in association with a telephone call. Content may be presented pre-ring (before the called party's telephone rings), in-call, and/or post-call. Content presented to a party may be related to another party participating in the call or may be related to a third party (e.g., an advertiser that paid for the ability to have its content presented). Presented content may be actuable, to allow a caller to change the destination of a call, take advantage of an offer presented to him or her, redeem a coupon, schedule or queue a subsequent call, etc. To find a desired destination party, a caller may initiate a manual or automatic search of his or her local contacts (on his telephone) and/or a central or global directory or contact list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Wendell D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9686396
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling multimedia presentation characteristics among a plurality of devices are disclosed. An electronic device (100) is capable of communication (109) with a peripheral device (102) to play back content (107) on the peripheral device (102). The content (107) has an associated a multimedia presentation characteristic signal, for example an audio signal (108). When the electronic device (101) receives a user input request to adjust a system volume, the device is configured to adjust either the associated audio signal or an output volume level of the peripheral device (102). Once this adjustment reaches a threshold, the device is configured to adjust the other of the associated audio signal or the output volume level of the peripheral device (102). The decision of which control to adjust first and which to adjust second can be user defined. The process can be repeated when more than two devices are included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Yu-Ling Fu, Qiu-Ling Li
  • Patent number: 9571778
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for building and reconfiguring audiovisual equipment in a video production system. A wiring cradle may be installed in the video production system and one or more electrical or optical connections may be established between the wiring cradle and another element of the video production system. Electrical connections may be established through the wiring cradle between a video processing component mounted in the wiring cradle and at least one other component of the video production system according to an interconnection configuration for the video production system. The wiring cradle physically secures the wiring cradle to a rack or enclosure. Electrical connection may be established by automatically connecting inputs or outputs based on an interconnection configuration maintained in non-volatile storage provided in the wiring cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Evert Marinus Van Der Kuijl, Paulus Wilhelmus Marinus Gijsbertus De Bresser, Petrus Cornelis Adrianus Maria Vissers
  • Patent number: 9432530
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, upon a restart, does not activate, if an accepted restart instruction is not an instruction by a remote control accepted from an information processing apparatus, an application for remotely controlling the image forming apparatus from the information processing apparatus, and, upon a restart, does activate, if the restart instruction is an instruction by the remote control, the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Mutsuno
  • Patent number: 9324322
    Abstract: A speech recognition system that also automatically recognizes and acts in response to significant audio interruptions. Received audio is compared with stored acoustic signatures of noises which may trigger a change in device operation, such as pausing, loudening or attenuating of content playback after hearing a certain audio interruption, such as a doorbell, etc. If the received audio matches a stored acoustic model, the system alters an operational state of one or more devices, which may or may not include itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Torok, Stan Weidner Salvador
  • Patent number: 9307190
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that permit two users to physically interact with one another from a distance using their telecommunication device are disclosed. In an exemplary method, a connection between the telecommunication devices may be established and an indication of inputs at the first and second telecommunication devices received. The inputs may be verified to have been input at the telecommunication devices either substantially simultaneously or overlapping in time. A signal may be sent to the telecommunication devices instructing them to provide a physically perceptible output responsive to verification of substantially simultaneous or overlapping inputs. The physically perceptible outputs may comprise photographs or video clips taken or recorded substantially simultaneously by the telecommunications devices responsive to the substantially simultaneous or overlapping inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KANFIELD CAPITAL SA
    Inventor: Bogdan Ionut Sorescu
  • Patent number: 8817951
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a location via a called telephony communication device is disclosed. The method at the called telephony communication device includes receiving (304) a request from a calling telephony communication device. Further, the method includes determining (306) whether the received request is for monitoring the location. The method further includes automatically transmitting (308) audio/video data captured via the called telephony communication device to the calling telephony communication device when the received request is determined to be one for monitoring the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Glen P Goffin, Evan A. Groat, David Grubb
  • Patent number: 8660249
    Abstract: A system and method for remote home monitoring and intercom communication. An indicator is received for activating an interactive feature of a telephone. A determination is made whether the indicator authorizes the interactive feature. The audio interface of the telephone is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David E. Rondeau, Don L. Briscoe, David Emerson
  • Patent number: 8576997
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory includes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including, in response to an activation event, sending information to a biometric input device to activate the biometric input device. The operations further include receiving biometric data corresponding to a particular user from the biometric input device. The operations include determining whether an identification of the particular user matches the biometric data. In response to determining that the identification of the particular user matches the biometric data, a service is provided to a device associated with the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lalitha Suryanarayana, Michael F. Grannan, Claire Svetlana Vishik
  • Patent number: 8565392
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that permit two users to physically interact with one another from a distance using their telecommunication device are disclosed. In an exemplary method, a connection between the telecommunication devices may be established and an indication of inputs at the first and second telecommunication devices received. The inputs may be verified to have been input at the telecommunication devices either substantially simultaneously or overlapping in time. A signal may be sent to the telecommunication devices instructing them to provide a physically perceptible output responsive to verification of substantially simultaneous or overlapping inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: WOOW Inc. Limited
    Inventor: Bogdan Ionut Sorescu
  • Patent number: 8522265
    Abstract: A modem apparatus including means for communicating authentication information of a host along a first path to prompt a first validation for receiving data over the first path, and means for communicating identifying information of the modem apparatus and a request for network resource allocation over the first path to prompt a second validation after the first validation, the second validation enabling the reception of data over a second path that has a higher rate of transmission than the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Scott E. Hrastar, Roy A. Bowoutt
  • Patent number: 8374324
    Abstract: A phone system can include a phone terminal that includes a biometric data input device. Methods of using the phone terminal can include receiving biometric data of a user at the phone terminal and comparing the biometric data to saved biometric data. A comparison of the received and saved biometric data can be performed to locate one or more configuration files for a user, to authenticate or otherwise confirm the identity of a party, perform another activity, or any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the biometric data, other data, or a combination thereof can be used to access one or more configuration files that can be used to configure a phone terminal or a data processing system outside of the phone terminal. In another embodiment, the identity of a calling party, a called party, one or more other parties, or any combination thereof can be authenticated or otherwise confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lalitha Suryanarayana, Michael F. Grannan, Claire Svetana Vishik
  • Patent number: 8326215
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for broadcasting media events, the method including the steps of providing a sequence of media events in a first server, the sequence of media events including at least one media event of a first type and a plurality of media events of a second type; playing the sequence from the first server to a second server prior to a predetermined broadcast time; and storing at the second server at least a part of the sequence received from the first server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Clear Channel Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Littlejohn, David C. Jellison, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120275588
    Abstract: An interface for interactive control of alarm systems using an intermediate gateway. A request for access to an account for interactive alarm system control is received from a remote device by an intermediate gateway. The request for access from the remote device is authenticated by the intermediate gateway based on an authentication parameter. After authenticating, the intermediate gateway identifies an alarm system and attributes of the alarm system associated with the request for access. Here, for example, the intermediate gateway identifies the operating characteristics for remote access to the alarm system. Further, the interactive gateway may receive a prompt from the remote device. Based on the prompt, the intermediate gateway may communicate with the alarm system according to its identified attributes and in response to the prompt, to query or update at least one setting of the alarm system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael GREGORY
  • Patent number: 8290133
    Abstract: A system and method for remote home monitoring and intercom communication. An indicator is received for activating an interactive feature of a telephone. A determination is made whether the indicator authorizes the interactive feature. The audio interface of the telephone is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David E. Rondeau, Don L. Briscoe, David Emerson
  • Patent number: 8218739
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for implementing a garage door monitoring system coupled to a garage door opener. The door monitoring system allow a user to actuate the door under control via a network connection. In at least one embodiment, the door monitoring system is controlled by a cell phone or networked appliance capable of transmitting information and data via a cellular telephone network. The door monitoring system provides the added advantage of allowing a remote user to view the areas or regions near to the door under control prior to actuating the door. At least one embodiment comprises a method to validate reception of the pictures or video clips of the areas or regions near to the door prior to enabling the system to actuate the door. In another embodiment a pass code is embedded into the pictures or video provided to the remote user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Justin R. Styers, Ryan H. McDowell
  • Patent number: 8170186
    Abstract: An electronic device may be controlled with a remote control device. The remote control device may be moved in a first manner to cause the electronic device to scroll through an ordered sequence. The remote control device may be moved in a second manner to cause the electronic device to select an entry from the ordered list. During scrolling of the ordered sequence, audio feedback regarding the nature of an associated entry may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Martijn Kuiken
  • Patent number: 8130923
    Abstract: The present invention enables the remote activation of a device by a packet-switched service, e.g., VoIP network service for the purposes of receiving calls identified as urgent from a pre-identified calling party when the device is disabled. The present invention enables registered users to select the calling parties they wish to receive emergency calls from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8077846
    Abstract: A universal combination cordless phone/remote control device for simultaneously answering incoming phone calls, messages, texts, etc., while operating a television and peripheral equipment includes a remote control side for controlling and operating the television and peripheral equipment and a cordless phone side for controlling various standard telephonic operations with both the remote control side and the cordless phone side including electrical charging contacts that engage charging contacts located on the upper surface of a portable lightweight charging cradle when the control device is placed upon the charging cradle for electrical charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: David Luis Gonzales
  • Patent number: 7983402
    Abstract: A controlling system for an electronic peripheral device is provided. The controlling system comprises an electronic peripheral device having a plurality of communication interfaces and a plurality of functions, at least one terminal device connectable to one of the communication interfaces of the electronic peripheral device via one of communication networks so that the terminal device can use one of the plurality of functions based on as to through which communication interface an instruction from the terminal device is received when the at least one of the plurality of functions is determined to be available, a function availability setting system, by which availability of at least one of the plurality of functions to the terminal device is set, and a function execution controlling system which controls execution of the at least one of the plurality of functions based on as to through which communication interface the instruction is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Ohara, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7869582
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for implementing a garage door monitoring system coupled to a garage door opener. The door monitoring system allow a user to actuate the door under control via a network connection. In at least one embodiment, the door monitoring system is controlled by a cell phone or networked appliance capable of transmitting information and data via a cellular telephone network. The door monitoring system provides the added advantage of allowing a remote user to view the areas or regions near to the door under control prior to actuating the door. At least one embodiment comprises a method to validate reception of the pictures or video clips of the areas or regions near to the door prior to enabling the system to actuate the door. In another embodiment a pass code is embedded into the pictures or video provided to the remote user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Justin R. Styers, Ryan H. McDowell
  • Patent number: 7853199
    Abstract: A method is presented for providing alarm notification and two-way voice communication for a hybrid data/voice system by sending an alarm from a communication device to a central station receiver via a data transmission method, associating the alarm with a telephone number operating with a voice transmission method, and initiating the two-way voice communication between the communication device and a voice receiver. In one embodiment, associating includes selecting a line number and telephone number, verifying the number's availability, and if the number is available, sending it to the communication device. In another embodiment, associating includes forwarding the alarm from the alarm forwarding service to a receiver, sending a telephone number to the communication device, contacting the telephone number from the communication device, and using a voice transmission method to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Blum
  • Patent number: 7853200
    Abstract: A method is presented for providing alarm notification and two-way voice communication for a hybrid data/voice system. In one embodiment, the method comprises sending an alarm notification from a communication device to an alarm forwarding service, recognizing an ID of the communication device, using said ID to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and a central station, and initiating a two-way voice communication between said communication device and the central station. In another embodiment, the method comprises sending an alarm notification from a communication device to an alarm forwarding service, establishing a connection from said alarm forwarding service to said communication device, using said connection to create a three-way call among the alarm forwarding service, the communication device and a central station, and initiating a two-way voice communication between the communication device and the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Blum, Christopher E. Beach, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 7844262
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for announcing a calling party from a communication device. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a call processing system (102) can have a controller (108) for processing calls in a communication system (100). The controller can be programmed to detect (504) an incoming call initiated by a third party communication device over a first voice channel, transmit (508) to a communication device (115, 116) over a control channel a notification signal associated with the incoming call, detect (512) a connection made by the communication device to a second voice channel, transmit (518, 521) to the communication device over the second voice channel audio signals that identify a calling party, and link (524) the first and second voice channels upon detecting over the control channel a call acceptance action by the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Steve Wallmershauser
  • Patent number: 7839985
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and a method for a visitor reception service in absence. The present invention is applied to the system including a central server (HNSN) controlling devices and delivering their control statuses in being connected to the mobile network, and a gateway which interconnects with said HNSN through network and has connections with a plurality of devices, characterized in that the above gateway includes a Tel-Box (7) including a ring signal detection part detecting the number of sounding times of ring signal in the case that a call connection is requested from outside for a call path switching, an on/off hook detection part detecting on/off hook with an indoor telephone (12, 13, 14). According to the present invention, the convenience capable of doing reception for a visitor everywhere at once, irrespective of the place where the user having mobile station is can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-Sik Shin
  • Patent number: 7742184
    Abstract: A data transmission/reception system provides the recipient of image data with flexible options for handling the image data. The system transmits notification mail to a cellular phone owned by the recipient when transmitting facsimile data from a transmitting facsimile machine to a receiving facsimile machine. The recipient transmits a command from the cellular phone indicating how the facsimile data received by the receiving facsimile machine should be handled. In response to the command received from the cellular phone, the receiving facsimile machine either forms an image based on the facsimile data on paper or forwards the facsimile data to another facsimile machine near the recipient. Accordingly, the recipient can transmit a forwarding command instructing the receiving facsimile machine to transmit the facsimile data to a facsimile machine nearby when the recipient is in a remote location, thereby enabling the recipient to view an image based on the facsimile data at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Seki, Koshi Fukazawa, Kiyotaka Ohara
  • Patent number: 7725103
    Abstract: A dynamic service application is stored and executed on a mobile or wireless communication device (e.g., a cellular telephone) to enable it to be programmed without specialized hardware, software, and other proprietary information. For example, dynamic service application programs or scripts may be entered directly by a user or may be received as a wireless or radiated digital message transmission. The dynamic service application executes the dynamic service application script, which is of a format to accommodate wireless or radiated transmission and storage on the device. The dynamic service application script may be written directly by a user on a computer or a mobile communication device or may be written with the aid of scripting “wizard” software that runs on a computer and guides the writing of script without the user having to work directly with the dynamic service application script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Boss, Lili Cheng, Cezary Marcjan, David Milstein, Gilad Odinak
  • Patent number: 7689325
    Abstract: A remote call center utilizes both cell phone and satellite communication networks to transmit data messages to a vehicle equipped with both a telematics module and a SDAR module. The telematics module and the SDAR module are both coupled to a vehicle data bus, and a software communication token containing a current budget is assigned to a selected module in response to a vehicle turn-off event. The module possessing the communication token determines the available signal strength on its respective communication network. If the available signal strength is adequate for reliable data communication with the call center, the module retains possession of the token and periodically wakes-up to check for incoming messages from the call center. If the available signal strength is inadequate, the module possessing the token passes the token to the other module, after which that module periodically wakes-up to check for incoming messages from the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel W. Farrow
  • Patent number: 7613285
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote control system, a remote server, a remote control agent, and a remote control method. According to the present invention, when controlling the remote apparatus to perform a target service, remote apparatus information and service information are searched and a service plan is generated based on the searched remote apparatus information and service information for execution of the target service. In addition, a remote apparatus control process generated by the service plan and the process is performed. Therefore, users can easily control the remote apparatus and can be provided desired services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young-Guk Ha, Joo-Chan Sohn, Young-Jo Cho
  • Publication number: 20090252311
    Abstract: An electronic device may be controlled with a remote control device. The remote control device may be moved in a first manner to cause the electronic device to scroll through an ordered sequence. The remote control device may be moved in a second manner to cause the electronic device to select an entry from the ordered list. During scrolling of the ordered sequence, audio feedback regarding the nature of an associated entry may be provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Martijn Kuiken
  • Patent number: 7561681
    Abstract: An interactive system for managing and remotely monitoring and effecting the connection status of a customer utility load network is disclosed. Preferred embodiments of the interactive system are utilized for customer loads that correspond to the distribution of electrical energy. The interactive system is preferably provided through a web-based application that offers a plurality of selectable services to a user. Security information is preferably required for a user to gain access to the system. Services provided may comprise a read service for providing metered customer utility data, a usage and/or demand notification service for alarming a user when utility usage and/or demand exceeds a defined threshold amount, and/or a connection service for setting a utility load as either connected or disconnected. A control system is preferably provided in conjunction with the web-based application to interface the application to other components involved in the interactive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Cellnet Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Booth, Ivo Steklac
  • Patent number: 7539293
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing controlling the presentation of information using a telephone including monitoring a signal received from the telephone; receiving control information sent from the telephone; interpreting the control information; generating commands based on the control information; sending the commands to a media source wherein the media source outputs information based on the command; and displaying the information output from the media source on a device separate from the telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Voice Media Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Reese M. Jones, Jesper F. Schultz, Adam D. Breindel
  • Patent number: 7522717
    Abstract: The present invention enables the remote activation of a device by a packet-switched service, e.g., VoIP network service for the purposes of receiving calls identified as urgent from a pre-identified calling party when the device is disabled. The present invention enables registered users to select the calling parties they wish to receive emergency calls from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 7492876
    Abstract: A remote control terminal includes an input section which allows selection of predetermined services offered from an information provider managing the services, a transceiver for obtaining a service selected by the input section from the information provider, and displaying means for displaying the contents of the service obtained by the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Aruze Corp.
    Inventor: Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7489924
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for providing remote control service to devices in a home network are disclosed. A web page provider provides a master page of the home network, information on the devices in the home network, and a list of remote control service to remote and in-house users in a web page form. An identifier identifies the remote users. A message processor processes message inputs and outputs related to service registration, service validness, etc. of the devices in the home network. A storage device stores device and service information on the devices in the home network. A main controller controls operations of each element. Accordingly, a remote control service limited to a specific household device becomes applicable to various devices. Not only remote control and management, but also program download, installation and upgrade necessary for the remote control is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Moon-jeong Choi
  • Patent number: 7403598
    Abstract: A telephone device such as a speaker phone or message recording device is remotely controlled either as a standalone device or as part of a security system. The telephone device can be controlled by a key fob or other user-operated transmitter that a user actuates to answer a call by speaker phone, end a call, place a call, or control functions of the message recording device such as playing back messages. The key fob transmits a wireless signal that is received and processed by a security system. In response, the security system controls the telephone device. The key fob may control security functions as well. In another approach, the key fob may control the telephone device directly without intervention of a security system. Or, the key fob may control the telephone device via a home automation network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Tyroler, Raymond J. Jordan, John D. Tyhacz
  • Patent number: 7386104
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing connectivity to portable electronic devices, such as a cordless telephone, for the purpose of upgrading software features. In a preferred embodiment, portable electronic devices can receive incoming data at the PSTN jack from a personal computer that is also connected to the PSTN via a PSTN modem. In this manner, upgrades can be accomplished without requiring users to disconnect the telephone or to connect additional cables or components. The telephone is temporarily disabled from service only during the downloading of the upgrade software from the personal computer to the telephone. Upgrade software can be received at the personal computer from downloads or from other sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: VTech Telecommunications Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Charney, Douglas Alvarado
  • Publication number: 20080089497
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for notifying an end user of a messaging event in a multi-user setting is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a terminal device having a User Interface (UI) element that selectively identifies one or more parties to whom a messaging event is directed according to one or more matches between a caller identifier associated with the messaging event and one or more entries in a plurality of contact books corresponding to a plurality of users of the terminal device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.
    Inventors: EDWARD WALTER, LARRY B. PEARSON
  • Patent number: 7355758
    Abstract: Automated facsimile monitoring methods, systems, and computer program products can track response data from multiple facsimiles sent to different locations and generate electronically accessible failure reports to allow for error or faults to be tracked and assessed to thereby allow corrective action to be initiated in a more timely manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventor: Wealthy Desai
  • Patent number: 7224773
    Abstract: The present invention enables the remote activation of a device by a packet-switched service, e.g., VoIP network service for the purposes of receiving calls identified as urgent from a pre-identified calling party when the device is disabled. The present invention enables registered users to select the calling parties they wish to receive emergency calls from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 7046392
    Abstract: A communication system serving as a transmitter terminal and a receiver terminal for communications with a second communication system via a communication line, the communication system includes a storage section for data storage; a communication section for data communications, the communication section being adapted for reception and transmission of data and size information indicative of the size of the data with respect to the second communication system; a detection section for detecting a free space in the storage section; a comparing section for comparing the data size contained in the size information with the size of the free space in the storage section; a calculating section for, if the storage section is short of free space for accommodation of the data size, calculating a waiting period required for recovery from the shortage of the free space in the storage section; and a timer section for timing the lapse of the waiting period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shibata, Shigeki Nakahara, Tamotsu Shuto, Makoto Nakabayashi, Tsutomu Taniguchi, Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 7003085
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely diagnosing, trouble shooting, and/or programming an end user telephone by a customer service representative using a telephone and modem system in communication with the user's telephone and modem system during a live telephone call between the customer service representative and the user are disclosed. The method for the user to obtain assistance from the customer service representative for the user system generally comprises initiating a telephone call to the representative, transmitting data signals containing information relating to the user system to the customer service system, speaking with the customer service representative, and receiving data signals that includes a command to control a remotely controllable feature of the user system from the customer service system, wherein the user and customer representative systems selectively alternate between data signal transmissions and voice signal transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Glenn Lashley, Robert L. Doss, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE39716
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a controlling device. In response to a user specifying one or more operating criteria for the controlling device, the system selects executable instructions from a library of executable instructions and command code sets from a library of command code sets that are to be stored in the memory of the controlling device. In addition, the system uses the criteria to suggest command key/command code mappings for use within the controlling device. The user may interact with the system to modify the selected executable instructions, command code sets, and command key/command code mappings. When stored in the memory of the controlling device, the executable instructions are to be used to perform various operations and functions within the controlling device and the command codes are to be transmitted from the controlling device to command the operation of controllable devices in response to activation of one or more of the command keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Lan-Ping Huang, Kim-Thoa Thi Nguyen, Han-Sheng Yuh, JianJun Cao, My Thien Do