Plural Patents (Class 398/112)
  • Patent number: 10313730
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a communication unit configured to communicate with a first electronic device, and a control unit operatively coupled with the communication unit, the control unit configured to receive, from the first electronic device via the communication unit, information associated with a playback location of multimedia data, the multimedia data to be presented at a second electronic device operatively coupled with the apparatus, based at least in part on the information, and transmit at least one portion of the multimedia data, to the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chae-Whan Lim, Hyun-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 9208363
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products self-identify an electronic device to a remote control. The remote control queries the electronic device, and the electronic device sends a response. A collision avoidance mechanism is invoked to determine if the response self-identified the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr., Maria Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 9146611
    Abstract: To conserve power in a controlling device having a processing device in communication with an input element and a transmitting device the processing device is caused to be placed into a low-power state for at least a portion of a transmission inactive interval intermediate the transmission of at least a pair of command frames. The command frames are caused to be transmitted by the transmitting device in response to an activation of the input element sensed via the processing device to thereby command a functional operation of an intended target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Christopher Lee Sommerville, Weidong William Wang
  • Patent number: 9042733
    Abstract: The device identification apparatus includes: a remote controller signal detecting section for detecting an optical signal from a remote controller; a receiving section for receiving the optical signal from the remote controller; a signal decryption section for decrypting the optical signal received by the receiving section; and a transmitting section for transmitting a device identification signal when the optical signal is a device selecting signal, and configured such that operations of the receiving section, the signal decryption section, and the transmitting section are started in response to a detecting signal of the remote controller signal detecting section, thereby realizing a device identification apparatus in which power consumption during standby is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Yano, Fumiyasu Utsunomiya
  • Publication number: 20150139655
    Abstract: An infrared control system includes one or more target terminal assemblies, a control device, and an infrared controller which creates a coupling between a terminal assembly and the control device. The terminal assembly includes a plurality of terminals which recognize infrared signals. The control device includes a setting module used to set parameters of each terminal assembly. The parameters include an Identification of Position (IP) of a working terminal in a predetermined time. The infrared controller can open a particular terminal according to the parameters which are set. The disclosure further provides an infrared control method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: SHAN-JIA AO, JIAN-HUNG HUNG
  • Publication number: 20140363167
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic device having remote control functions, comprising a baseband circuit, a PWM circuit, and an external wireless transmitting circuit. The external wireless transmitting circuit includes a second I/O port and a wireless transmitting unit. The PWM circuit is disposed at the output of the baseband circuit; the driving signal is output according to the control signal output by the baseband circuit for enhancing the intensity of the control signal and thus further reducing the volume of the external wireless transmitting circuit. In addition, by adding an infrared contact part of the first I/O port, the electronic device can transmit the driving signal to the external wireless transmitting circuit via the infrared contact part. Alternatively, the electronic device can transmit the driving signal to the external wireless transmitting circuit via one of the plurality of audio contact parts of the first I/O port by switching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: GENERALPLUS TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: HORNG-BIN WANG
  • Patent number: 8832769
    Abstract: Remote control based output selection techniques are described in which an output to a display device is selected based on identification of a remote control device that is manipulated by a user. In an implementation, each of a plurality of remote control devices is associated with a respective client device in an audio visual system. When a user manipulates one of the plurality of remote control devices, the manipulated remote control device is detected and a corresponding client device is determined. Then, an output to a display device is set to present audio visual data from the determined client device. In another implementation, when a manipulated remote control device is identified, a user interface for output on the display device is configured according to the identified remote control device and/or the functional capabilities of the identified remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Charles J. Migos
  • Patent number: 8786414
    Abstract: A communication device includes a first receiver, a second receiver, a communication module, and a controller. The first receiver receives an operation signal from a remote controller. The second receiver receives a radio signal with a specific frequency. A power consumption of the second receiver is less than that of the first receiver. The communication module is capable of transmitting the operation signal to a first communication device. The controller controls power supply to the first receiver and the communication module and starts power supply to the first receiver and the communication module if the second receiver receives the radio signal. The communication module turns to a standby state if the first receiver does not receive the operation signal after start of power supply to the first receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tetsu Nakajima, Tomoko Adachi, Kiyoshi Toshimitsu
  • Publication number: 20140064738
    Abstract: A smart home network system includes a number of home devices, a smart gateway, and a control device. The smart gateway stores a mapping list that records configuration information of each home device, and the configuration information contains a UID code of each home device. When received a control signal for controlling a target home device from the control device, the smart gateway analyzes the control signal and modulates the control signal with the UID of the target home device and converts network protocols, to generate an effective control command, then transmits the control command to the target home device. When received status information from the home devices, and the smart gateway sends the status information to the control device for reading status information of the home devices. Therefore, user can operate the control device anywhere to remote control each individual home device via the smart gateway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: TE-SHENG CHEN, XIAO-GUANG LI, KUAN-HONG HSIEH, YUN XIAO, SHANG-HUI PI
  • Patent number: 8655179
    Abstract: Infrared control signals are communicated between an infrared remote control unit (16) and an infrared controlled device (18) via network gateways (14). A sub-network of a backbone network (10) is automatically set up prior to transmission of messages. The sub-network comprises a selection of devices coupled to a backbone network (10). The setting up of the sub-network comprises automatically sending out a request from the first one of the network gateways (14) to detect network gateways (14) that indicate ability to transmit infrared control messages prior to transmission of the message and storing information defining the sub-network in the first one of the network gateways dependent to a response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventors: Ghiath Al-Kadi, Ajay Kapoor
  • Patent number: 8552843
    Abstract: A universal remote controller having a radio frequency (RF) control mode for generating RF signals for controlling an RF based home automation system and having an infrared (IR) control mode for controlling an infrared based electronic device using IR control signals. Control information input via a user interface is used to generate the IR control signals in the IR mode of operation and is used to generate the RF signals in the RF mode of operation. A control unit controls overall operation of the universal remote controller including the generation of IR signals to control electronic devices with the IR signals. A home automation module is connected to the control unit via a communication interface to generate RF signals to control the RF based home automation system. A display displays feedback information to the user regarding operations for controlling the home automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: SMK Manufacturing
    Inventors: Manuchehr Dizechi, Leon W. Gateno
  • Publication number: 20130251372
    Abstract: Each device identification apparatus includes a circuit for generating a delay time and transmits a device identification code signal at a different delay time in response to a device selecting signal from a remote controller, thereby making it possible to prevent interference. Further, an infrared light amount detecting circuit is provided in a device identification apparatus or a remote controller, and an electronic device to which a device identification apparatus having a higher intensity of infrared is attached is displayed on the remote controller so that the electronic device is easily selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Hironori YANO, Fumiyasu UTSUNOMIYA
  • Publication number: 20130251373
    Abstract: The device identification apparatus includes: a remote controller signal detecting section for detecting an optical signal from a remote controller; a receiving section for receiving the optical signal from the remote controller; a signal decryption section for decrypting the optical signal received by the receiving section; and a transmitting section for transmitting a device identification signal when the optical signal is a device selecting signal, and configured such that operations of the receiving section, the signal decryption section, and the transmitting section are started in response to a detecting signal of the remote controller signal detecting section, thereby realizing a device identification apparatus in which power consumption during standby is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Hironori YANO, Fumiyasu UTSUNOMIYA
  • Patent number: 8520671
    Abstract: A system and method transmits graphic data received at varying frequencies at a fixed data rate. The frequency dependent data and associated data clock signal are received and the frequency dependent data is converted to frequency independent data. A ratio of a number of data clock cycles to a number of reference clock cycles is determined and transmitted. The frequency independent data and header data are transmitted, at a fixed rate, to a receiver, the fixed rate being a frequency greater than the frequency of the associated data clock signal. The received the frequency independent data is converted to frequency dependent data based upon the received determined ratio. The communication channel may include an optical fiber and a tension member wherein control data is transmitted along the tension member and graphic data is transmitted along the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Miller, Tyre Paul Lanier
  • Publication number: 20130129358
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus for auto pairing and a remote control apparatus and method thereof are provided. The terminal apparatus includes an IR receiving unit configured to receive an IR signal including first identification information of an external apparatus from the external apparatus, a radio frequency (RF) communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with the external apparatus which transmit the IR signal including the first identification information, a storage unit configured to store a pairing list including identification information of at least one external apparatus, and a control unit configured to control the RF communication unit to perform pairing for wireless communication with the external apparatus according to whether or not identification information of at least one external apparatus in the pairing list corresponds to the received first identification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20120263477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for remote control of electronic products using a portable terminal. The portable terminal performs a remote control function in the remote control mode. When communication is tried during the remote control mode, the portable terminal terminates the remote control mode and displays the communication state to provide a communication service upon a user's selection. When the communication ends, the portable terminal returns to the remote control mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Ser Lee, Soon-Jin Kim
  • Publication number: 20120183298
    Abstract: A method for connecting an AC powered device, which has an optical receiver, with a control circuit, which has an optical transmitter, using at least on optical medium cable includes the steps of terminating the cable at both of its ends, introducing the processed cable between the receiver and transmitter, attaching and securing one end of the processed cable to the transmitter and the other end of the processed cable to the receiver, and propagating a one way optical signal including control commands from the control circuit to the powered device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David ELBERBAUM
  • Publication number: 20120106972
    Abstract: A universal remote control includes a hand held housing; a plurality of button zones provided on a substantial portion of a top surface of the housing, each button zone comprising a plurality of pushbuttons each having a character printed thereon; a control assembly partially exposed on the housing and comprising a Bluetooth module, a laser module, a pointer control module, an IR module, an RF module, a control unit electrically connected to each of the modules for controlling its operations, and a switch for manually activating the control unit; and a battery provided in the housing for supplying power to the control assembly. In responses to generating a signal by pressing the pushbutton, the control unit receives the signal and sends same to one of the IR module, the RF module, the Bluetooth module, and the laser module for transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Sunrex Technology Corp.
    Inventor: YUNG-LUNG LIU
  • Patent number: 7877588
    Abstract: This invention provides a remote control capable of automatically sending signals to a variety of electronic devices so that a user does not have to send signals to each of the electronic devices individually. The remote control may include a dedicated button that when activated may send signals to a plurality of electronic devices to perform one or more operations. The remote control may send the signals simultaneously or sequentially. The signals may be also encoded with the specific address for each of the plurality of electronic devices. This way, only the electronic device with the matching address may receive the signal. The signals may be also encoded with any number of commands such as turn “on” or turn “off” so that each electronic device may perform a similar or different operation as other electronic devices. The remote control may be any type of device that may be distinct from the electronic device such as a hand-held device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Ara H. Gharapetian
  • Publication number: 20100278537
    Abstract: A method for connecting an AC powered device, which has an optical receiver, with a control circuit, which has an optical transmitter, using at least on optical medium cable includes the steps of terminating the cable at both of its ends, introducing the processed cable between the receiver and transmitter, attaching and securing one end of the processed cable to the transmitter and the other end of the processed cable to the receiver, and propagating a one way optical signal including control commands from the control circuit to the powered device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David ELBERBAUM
  • Patent number: 7809274
    Abstract: The electronic device includes a device housing, an emitter, a receiver, and a reflection structure. The emitter is separated from the device housing and emits an optical signal. The receiver is disposed on the device housing for receiving the optical signal. The reflection structure is formed on the device housing and neighboring to the receiver. When the emitter is disposed in front of the device housing, the optical signal transmitted from the emitter is reflected by the reflection structure, and then the optical signal travels toward the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventor: Cho-Ming Wu
  • Publication number: 20100196012
    Abstract: Provided is a network system for controlling devices which operate in response to an infrared signal. The network system includes modules and a home server. The modules output the infrared signal for controlling the devices in response to command data or analyze path information of the command data, forward the command data to next one of the modules, and receive infrared control signals generated by the devices. The home server includes ID numbers of the modules and the path information of the command data for allowing the command data to reach each of the modules and outputs the command data or receives the infrared control signals. Therefore, the network conveniently control the devices using the infrared control signal even when the modules are too distant from the home server for the infrared signal to reach the devices at a time or obstacles are placed in front of the modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: LINUXIT.CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gyeong Ju Kwon
  • Patent number: 7696898
    Abstract: An electronic instrument for which operating setting is possible according to operating signals transmitted from a plurality of kinds of remote operating devices of a differing operating signal structure, includes: an operating signal receiving section which receives the operating signals transmitted by the remote operating devices; an operating signal processing section which, when a specified operating signal based on a specified operating signal structure is input among the operating signals received by the operating signal receiving section, carries out a process control of the electronic instrument in accordance with the specified operating signal; and an operating signal conversion section which, being provided in a branch signal transmission system which diverges from a direct signal system, which directly transmits the operating signal from the operating signal receiving section to the operating signal processing section, converts an operating signal based on an operating signal structure which differ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noriharu Funaki
  • Patent number: 7684708
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to remote optical control of holding beam-type, optical flip-flop devices, as well as to the devices themselves. All-optical SET and RE-SET control signals operate on a cw holding beam in a remote manner to vary the power of the holding beam between threshold switching values to enable flip-flop operation. Cross-gain modulation and cross-polarization modulation processes can be used to change the power of the holding beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Drew Maywar, Govind P. Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20100045478
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a lighting system for communication with a remote control device is provided, which comprises a light emitting element adapted for emitting modulated light to the remote control and for detecting control signals from the remote control. This may provide for a communication between the remote control and the lighting system without the need of an extra sensor or an extra transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Volkmar Schulz, Matthias Wendt, Christoph Martiny
  • Patent number: 7668197
    Abstract: A codeset is described in a Public Codeset Communication Format (PCCF) as a format block. The format block includes a plurality of readily decipherable fields of ASCII character values. One field is a mark/space information field that includes a sequence of mark time indicators and space time indicators for an operational signal of the codeset. A second field is a signal characteristic information field for the operational signal. Signal characteristic information may include carrier on/off information, repeat frame information, toggle control information, and last frame information. The PCCF is a codeset interchange format of general applicability. In one method, a second entity describes a codeset in the PCCF format and then communicates the PCCF format information to a second entity. The second entity converts the information into a format usable by a rendering engine. The rendering engine is then usable to generate operational signals of the codeset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: UEI Cayman Inc.
    Inventor: George Vergis
  • Patent number: 7668503
    Abstract: Disclosed is a secure remote repeater. The secure repeater includes a first remote control signal detector, a remote control signal processor and an emitter. Among other functions, the secure repeater can forward secure remote signals to an electronic device using non-secure commands native to that electronic device. Additionally, the secure remote repeater can filter remote signal chatter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Wilhelm Schumann, David G Grossman
  • Publication number: 20090324235
    Abstract: A first moveable barrier operator is actuated to move a first moveable barrier and a light beam is encoded with operational information regarding the first movable barrier operator. The encoded light beam is transmitted from an emitter associated with the first moveable barrier operator to a first detector associated with the second moveable barrier operator. The second moveable barrier operator may be subsequently operated at least in part according to the operational information encoded in the light beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Frederic Butler
  • Patent number: 7639907
    Abstract: A method for coupling at least one of a wall mount and a ceiling mount adjustable IR driver with a two way IR network of a home automation system controlled by a main controller selected from a group comprising a dedicated controller, a video interphone and a shopping terminal, the IR driver includes a plurality of adjustable IR transmitters and at least one IR receiver for propagating IR commands to at least one of hand held IR remote control units, electrical appliances and devices selected from a group comprising a remotely operated relays, an AC current sensors and a keypads, and for receiving from at least one of the devices a status data, said IR commands include at least a power on-off command for switching an appliance on and off and the status data pertaining to the on and off statuses of a commanded appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 7551856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of infrared devices (ICDs) is provided herein. A remote controller is used to generate an optical signal for controlling a plurality of ICDs. The optical signal generated by the remote controller is converted into an electrical signal by an infrared repeater device. An implementation of such a system includes a rotary mechanical switch to direct the electrical signal generated by the infrared repeater device to a light emitting diode (LED) located near one of the plurality of ICDs. The LED converts the electrical signal into an optical signal and re-transmits the optical signal to the one of the plurality of ICDs. The system allows controlling the plurality of ICDs located in a remote location without having the user commute closer to such ICDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Siu
  • Publication number: 20090136231
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote controlling system for controlling a plurality of electronic appliances within a space, such as a home, an office, etc. Each of the electronic appliances includes a respective radiation-based signal receiver. By use of the remote controlling system, a user can conveniently control the electronic appliances in the situation through a user interface or an external communication network, such as an Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Yen-Hung Lai
  • Publication number: 20090060516
    Abstract: A signal forwarding system and a signal receiver thereof are disclosed. The signal forwarding algorithm is provided so that the photo signal provided by the remote control device can be used to indirectly control the remote application apparatus. The present invention uses the photo transistor to be a photo-detecting element to detect the photo signal provided by the remote control device. The problem of the user being not easy to aim at the signal receiver of the application apparatus is overcome, and the problem of the photo-detecting element being operated by an error signal due to the signal disturbance is also overcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Yueh-Jung Lee Wang, Hsu-Kuang Yang
  • Publication number: 20090052900
    Abstract: A multi-function remote controller includes a transmitter to transmit a wireless control signal corresponding to one selected from among a first mode via an infrared diode, in which a user manipulates the remote controller with one hand to manipulate a television, and a second mode, in which the user manipulates a video game unit with two hands. The transmitter turns a rotatable lever equipped with the infrared diode to set the first mode or the second mode according to a characteristic of an appliance to be controlled. The transmitter sets the remote controller in the first mode if a protrusion of the rotatable lever does not make contact with a mode selecting switch, and sets the remote controller in the second mode if the protrusion of the rotatable lever makes contact with the mode selecting switch due to the rotation of the rotatable lever, thereby simplifying components to set each mode using one hand or two hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 7493046
    Abstract: Light emitting diodes are placed side by side at a front end of the remote control transmitter in a manner that their maximum radiation directions, i.e. radiation directions each giving a maximum radiation intensity, are each inclined at an angle within a range no larger than 5 degrees outwardly of the remote control transmitter 1 and symmetrically with respect to a bisector of a line segment which connects center points of the light emitting diodes. The inclination, within a range no larger than 5 degrees, of each of the light emitting diodes used as light sources for remote control does not cause significant reduction in the radiation intensity. Accordingly, it is possible to widen the transmittable angle within a range no larger than 10 degrees without significantly reducing the radiation intensity at a central portion of the radiation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Eletric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Kyoto
  • Publication number: 20080232811
    Abstract: Disclosed is a remote control device for causing operation of a function on at least one of a plurality of different remotely controlled devices. The device includes a randomizer that determines a random local address for the remote control device. The device also includes a modulated optical transmitter that emits a signal containing the random local address. Reception of the random local address by one of the remotely controlled devices establishes a communication link between the remote control device and that particular remotely controlled device. After communication has been established the modulated device, through any of a plurality of optical transmitters, dictates the actions of the remotely controlled device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: ROKENBOK TOY COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald E. Milner, Benjamin D. Milner
  • Publication number: 20080232810
    Abstract: A Bluetooth-enabled infrared (IR) remote control is disclosed, which comprises: a micro control unit, for executing operations of signal processing, decoding and encoding; an signal amplifying circuit, for amplifying a control signal being issued and coded by the micro control unit to be used for controlling a corresponding function of a specific electronic device; an infrared light emitting diode (IRLED), capable of issuing an infrared signal; and a Bluetooth module, capable of communicating with a bluetooth-enabled electronic device by Bluetooth wireless transmission while passing data received from the bluetooth-enabled electronic device to the micro control unit where it is processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: HALFA ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Huei Lu, Chu-Chai Hong
  • Patent number: 7376351
    Abstract: A data communication system for facilitating communication between infrared devices having an initiating optical interface port that includes an IR emitter and an optical sensor. A receiving optical interface port includes an active IR emitter that emits a pulse at a predetermined interval and an optical sensor. A software application causes an Attention Signal to be emitted from the initiating IR emitter where the initiating IR emitter is positioned in detection range of the receiving optical sensor. The receiving optical interface port is controlled by a firmware application. The firmware is designed to discontinue the pulse of the active IR emitter upon detection of the Attention Signal. Once the normal pulse cycle is discontinued, the active IR emitter is then employed for transmitting data signals to the initiating optical interface port, thereby establishing an optical link between the initiating optical interface port and the receiving optical interface port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Geberit Technik AG
    Inventors: Wade C. Patterson, Thomas J. Watson
  • Publication number: 20070290885
    Abstract: A remote controller that can infer the intention of a user and that can control a plurality of devices based on the inferred intention is provided. A remote controller includes memory, a control circuit, and a transmission portion. The memory stores in advance, in association with a situation sensed by a sensor, information of a first control signal. The control circuit generates, in association with the situation sensed by the sensor and the information stored in the memory, the first control signal. The transmission portion transmits the first control signal generated by the control circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Tanabe, Yasuo Masaki, Masahiro Takeshita, Sadanori Murakami
  • Publication number: 20070230964
    Abstract: There is disclosed an optical pickup device having semiconductor laser light sources for first, second, and third wavelengths different from each other. After optical paths of laser beams outgoing from the first and second semiconductor laser light sources are synthesized by a first prism, an optical path of a laser beam outgoing from the third semiconductor laser light source is synthesized, through a magnification change lens, to raise light efficiency. At this time, each of the laser beams is synthesized by a second prism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventor: So ISHIKA
  • Patent number: 7266301
    Abstract: A repeater unit is provided that includes a receiver module and a controller unit. The receiver module is responsive to an infrared signal. The controller unit is adapted to determine whether a signal based on the infrared signal corresponds to a remote control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Speakercraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Stanchfield, Ernest J. Leggett, Edward A. Mangler
  • Patent number: 7263292
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of infrared devices (ICDs) is provided herein. A remote controller is used to generate an optical signal for controlling a plurality of ICDs. The optical signal generated by the remote controller is converted into an electrical signal by an infrared repeater device. An implementation of such a system includes a rotary mechanical switch to direct the electrical signal generated by the infrared repeater device to a light emitting diode (LED) located near one of the plurality of ICDs. The LED converts the electrical signal into an optical signal and re-transmits the optical signal to the one of the plurality of ICDs. The system allows controlling the plurality of ICDs located in a remote location without having the user commute closer to such ICDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Siu
  • Patent number: 7244944
    Abstract: Described is a triggering arrangement including a power supply, a lighting arrangement and a switch. The lighting arrangement is coupled to the power supply. The switch is coupled to the lighting arrangement and the power supply. When the switch is in a first position, the lighting arrangement generates light to a photo-sensing portable device. The device is situated a predetermined distance from the arrangement. The device initiates a predetermined action in response to the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc
    Inventor: Jay Paul White
  • Patent number: 7228074
    Abstract: An IR emitter for use in an IR repeater system includes an IR light source and a manually adjustable brightness control for adjusting the brightness to a level appropriate for an IR detector of electronic equipment to be controlled. In a preferred aspect, the emitter includes a plug-type connector having a variable resistor mounted therein. Also provided is an IR repeater system and method employing an IR emitter having a manually adjustable brightness control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Audioplex Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: William T. Devine, III, George G. Sands
  • Patent number: 7215843
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai
  • Patent number: 7174074
    Abstract: A flexible innerduct structure is configured to contain a cable within a conduit. The innerduct structure includes a pair of adjacent strip-shaped layers of flexible material that are joined along their longitudinal edges to define a channel through which the cable can extend longitudinally through the innerduct structure between the layers. The adjacent layers have differing widths between their longitudinal edges, whereby the wider layer bulges away from the narrower layer to impart an open configuration to the channel. Other features of the innerduct structure relate to the material of which it is formed. Such features includes the structure of the material, such as a woven structure, and further include properties such as melting point, tensile strength, elongation, coefficient of friction, crimp resistance and compression recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventor: David Drew Morris
  • Patent number: 7132973
    Abstract: A universal remote control (10) is provided for wireless remote control of one or more devices (D1 . . . Dn) equipped for remote control by respective original remote controls having visual appearances different from one another. The universal remote control (10) includes: a memory (40) that stores one or more descriptions associated with one or more original remote controls that are selectively emulated by the universal remote control (10), the descriptions including information describing the visual appearances of the original remote controls that the descriptions are associated with; and, a graphical user interface (20) upon which is displayed a representation of one of the original remote controls selected for emulation by the universal remote control (10), the representation having a visual appearance substantially the same as the original remote control being emulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Dinesh K. Jindal
  • Patent number: 7027736
    Abstract: An addressable system for light fixtures is described wherein a plurality of light fixture modules is individually or collectively addressable for programming by remote control. The remote control may individually select each of the track control modules through visible and narrowly defined selected light followed by transmission of programming commands for programming of pre-defined scenes, functions or other user defined and desired effects. Each of the track fixture modules may be selected or de-selected through the use of laser light and a plurality of track control modules may be collectively programmed through the use of a track repeater module, all of the modules communicatively connected to each other and selectable by a visible narrow light source such that the user may readily activate or de-activate programming sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, James E. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7024070
    Abstract: A large fiber optic switch system with a free-space optical interconnection configuration. The switch system comprises a plurality of individual switch units, each individual switch unit having a plurality of electronic multi-switch switches each multi-switch switch being re-configurable upon command of a computer processor and having a plurality of electronic input ports and electronics output ports. A first portion of these input ports and a first portion of these output ports are connected directly or indirectly to incoming and outgoing communication lines. A second portion of the output ports is connected to an electronic driver unit that drives an optical emitter array. Each emitter in the emitter array produces a light beam for carrying an optical communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: Brett A. Spivey, Richard B. Holmes
  • Patent number: 7024119
    Abstract: An addressable light fixture is described wherein a light fixture module is individually addressable for programming by remote control. The remote control may individually select each light fixture module through visible and narrowly defined selected light followed by transmission of programming commands for programming of pre-defined scenes, functions or other user defined and desired effects. Each of the fixture modules may be selected or de-selected through the use of laser light and a plurality of track control modules may be collectively programmed through the use of a repeater module, all of the modules communicatively connected to each other and selectable by a visible narrow light source such that the user may readily activate or de-activate programming sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, James E. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 6987899
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai