Apple Remote to 'go universal'?
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Apple Remote to 'go universal'?



An Apple patent (number 20100052870) for an intelligent infrared remote pairing has appeared at the US Patent & Trademark Office. It indicates that Apple may be eyeing its own universal remote control or, more likely, expanding the range of the current (or future versions of the) Apple Remote.

Systems and methods for associating a remote controller with a device are provided. The systems and methods generally relate to receiving a request from a remote controller to pair the remote controller to a device at several devices and determining at each of the several devices the strength of the wireless pairing request signal received by that device. If a device determines that its received signal is the strongest, the device may be paired with the remote controller. If instead a device determines that its received signal is not the strongest, it may ignore subsequent communications received from the remote controller. The inventor is Nicholas Vincent King.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "This invention relates generally to remote controllers and devices compatible with remote controllers, and more particularly, to systems and methods for intelligently pairing a remote controller to a device.

"A remote controller (also known as remote, remote control, wireless controller, or portable remote controller) allows a user to conveniently operate a device from a distance. Remote controllers are generally included with consumer electronic devices such as televisions, stereos, cable set-top boxes, etc. More recently, newer electronic devices such as computers, video-on-demand (VOD) terminals, portable music players, and mobile phones have been designed to work with remote controllers. Furthermore, various remote controller-compatible electronic devices can now be inter-connected via wired and wireless paths.

"A typical remote controller can be battery-powered and can include a wireless transmitter, such as infrared transmitter, for sending commands to a device and buttons for specifying particular commands to send, such as POWER ON. A typical host device that works with a remote controller can include a wireless receiver, such as infrared receiver, for receiving commands from the remote controller and logic configured to interpret and carry out the commands.

"Device vendors can include compatible remote controllers with different kinds of devices it sells. For example, a vendor can include the same type of remote controller with a computer and with a docking station for portable electronic devices. In such a case, the effect of a single device responding to commands from multiple remote controllers can arise. For example, both the remote controller that came with the computer and that came with the docking station can be used to turn on the computer, which can cause user confusion. Another effect that can arise is multiple devices responding to commands from a single remote controller. For example, when the user sends a POWER ON command to turn the computer on using the remote controller that came with the computer, both the computer and the docking station can turn on in response to the POWER ON command.

"A current solution to the effect of a single device responding to commands from multiple remote controllers is to pair a remote controller with a device using a button combination on the remote controller. A remote controller can have a unique identifier transmitted with every command that identifies the command as being from that remote controller. Once that remote controller is paired with a device, the device responds only to commands from that remote controller. However, this solution does not address the effect of multiple devices responding to commands from a single remote controller.

"In accordance with various embodiments of the present invention, systems and methods for improved pairing of remote controllers with devices are provided.

"In some embodiments, a method and computer readable media for pairing a remote controller with an electronic device in communication with at least one other electronic device may be provided. The method may include receiving a pairing request from a remote controller, detecting an attribute associated with the reception of the request, and comparing the detected attribute with an attribute detected by the at least one other electronic device. The method may further include pairing the remote controller with the electronic device associated with the largest detected attribute.

"In some embodiments, a system for pairing a remote controller with an electronic device may be provided. The system may include a communications network and a remote controller is operative to provide a pairing request. The system may also include several electronic devices in communication via the communications network. Each electronic device may be operative to receive the pairing request, determine a characteristic of the received pairing request, and broadcast the determined characteristics to the other of the plurality of electronic devices. Each electronic device may then determine whether to be paired with the remote controller based on the determined characteristics.

"In some embodiments, an electronic device operative to be paired with a remote controller may be provided. The electronic device may be in communication with several electronic devices, and may include control circuitry and a receiver. The control circuitry may be operative to direct the receiver to receive a pairing request from the remote controller, detect the strength of signal of the received pairing request, and broadcast the detected strength of signal to the several electronic devices. The control circuitry may also receive a strength of signal detected by at least one of the several electronic devices from the at least one of the several electronic devices and compare the detected strength of signal and the received strength of signal. The control circuitry may selectively pair the device with the remote controller in response to comparing.

"For purposes of clarity, and not by way of limitation, the systems and methods can sometimes be described herein in the context of infrared remote controllers and compatible electronic devices (e.g., televisions, set-top boxes, computers, mobile phone/portable music player docking stations, or stereo or audio systems). However, it will be understood that the systems and methods of the present invention can be applied to any other suitable type of remote controller devices and devices compatible with such remote controller devices."

 
AAPL
$107.72
Apple Inc.
+0.74
GOOG
$557.22
Google Inc.
+6.91
MSFT
$46.72
Microsoft Corpora
+0.67
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Dementia: Book of the Dead Review
Dementia: Book of the Dead Review By Lee Hamlet on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: A TOUGH READUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A witch hunter is sent after a demonic book in the spooky but short-lived Dementia: Book of the Dead.   | Read more »
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguel...
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguelike, Has Been Renovated Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Logitech Protection + Power iPhone5/5S C...
Made by: Logitech Price: $99.99 Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Usability Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars Reuse Value Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Build Quality Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars | Read more »
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanentl...
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanently Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Swap Heroes Review
Swap Heroes Review By Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: STRATEGIC SWAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Rotate a cast of heroes to fend of waves of monsters in this difficult, puzzle rpg.   | Read more »
Night Sky Pro™ (Reference)
Night Sky Pro™ 3.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Reference Price: $2.99, Version: 3.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Night Sky Pro™Wonder No More™Night Sky Pro™ is the ultimate stargazing experience. From the creators of the original Night Sky™ app comes an all-new powerful and immersive encounter with the sky above! | Read more »
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena (Games)
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A zombie shooter audio game. Made from gut-wrenching 3D binaural sound, for a new kind of weird immersion. You are the blind warrior, fighting off wave after wave of Dr Bastard’s Zombies. With 3D binaural sound... | Read more »
RPG Asdivine Hearts (Games)
RPG Asdivine Hearts 1.1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.1.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE50% OFF (USD 7.99 -> USD 3.99)!!!Travel alongside four companions and a cat in the adventure of a lifetime and one that transcends even the world in this latest fantasy RPG!◆◇Story◇◆ | Read more »
Haunt the House: Terrortown (Games)
Haunt the House: Terrortown 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: 66.6% OFF! SPECIAL SPOOKY HALLOWEEN LAUNCH PRICE! 66.6% OFF!...What was that sound? Is somebody there? | Read more »
SAS: Zombie Assault 4 Review
SAS: Zombie Assault 4 Review By Jennifer Allen on October 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: FLAWED SHOOTERUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Shoot everything that moves in this fun, if flawed, twin-stick shooter.   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.