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System and method for multi-mode command input

A controlling device has a moveable touch sensitive panel positioned above a plurality of switches. When the controlling device senses an activation of at least one of the plurality of switches when caused by a movement of the touch sensitive panel resulting from an input at an input location upon the touch sensitive surface, the controlling device responds by transmitting a signal to an appliance wherein the signal is reflective of the input location upon the touch sensitive surface.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for optimized appliance control

In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a universal control engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the universal control engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for optimized appliance control

In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a universal control engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the universal control engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for optimized appliance control

In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a universal control engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the universal control engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for optimized appliance control

In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a universal control engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the universal control engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for simplified setup of a universal remote control

A system and method for enabling set up of a controlling device capable of controlling a plurality of appliances, via an interactive instruction set and associated programming. The programming is accessible by a stb or other controllable appliance and is configured to appropriately display interactive instructions and prompts to a user during a user initiated set up procedure for configuration of another controllable device (e.g., dvd, vcr, dvr, etc) available to the user. ... Universal Electronics Inc

Apparatus, system and method for promoting apps to smart devices

Apparatus, system and method for promoting media apps to an end user of a smart device. The smart device gathers information of apps that have been installed into the smart device and provides this information to a remote server. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for simplified setup of a universal remote control

A system and method for enabling set up of a controlling device capable of controlling a plurality of appliances, via an interactive instruction set and associated programming. The programming is accessible by a stb or other controllable appliance and is configured to appropriately display interactive instructions and prompts to a user during a user initiated set up procedure for configuration of another controllable device (e.g., dvd, vcr, dvr, etc) available to the user. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for retrieving information while commanding operation of an appliance

Media rendering system including a remote control device and associated docking station. The remote control device interfaces with a remote server to stream media content for local and/or external playback. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for facilitating appliance control via a smart device

A bridge device, in communication with a smart device, functions to command one or more controllable appliances in response to communications received from the smart device. The bridge device also includes input elements by which the bridge device can be used to directly command common functional operations of the one or more controllable appliances. ... Universal Electronics Inc

Dynamic linking of codesets in universal remote control devices

A codeset having function-code combinations is provisioned on a controlling device to control functions of an intended target device. Input is provided to the controlling device which designates a function to be controlled on the intended target device. ... Universal Electronics Inc

Relaying key code signals through a remote control device

Upon receiving a signal from a remote control device, a device identifies a command data usable to communicate with a consumer device. The signal contains an indication of a pressed key, which corresponds to a function of the consumer device. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for enhanced command input

A portable electronic device having an input device for receiving a gesture based input from a user is used to control a navigation operation of an appliance. The portable electronic device receives via the input device the gesture based input and uses one or more parameters stored in a memory of the portable electronic device and one or more characteristics associated with the gesture based input to cause the portable electronic device to transmit a navigation step command to thereby control the navigation operation of the appliance.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

System and method for simplified setup of a universal remote control

A system and method for enabling set up of a controlling device capable of controlling a plurality of appliances, via an interactive instruction set and associated programming. The programming is accessible by a stb or other controllable appliance and is configured to appropriately display interactive instructions and prompts to a user during a user initiated set up procedure for configuration of another controllable device (e.g., dvd, vcr, dvr, etc) available to the user. ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101284

Selecting a picture of a device to identify an associated codeset

A browser device communicates via wi-fi with a central function device. The function device has information regarding all the various remote controls needed by the consumer. ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098110

System and method for reconfiguration of an entertainment system controlling device

An entertainment device initiates a configuration process of a controlling device in response to a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096592

Star cluster codeset database for universal remote control devices

A keycode data structure includes a device type byte, a set of keycodes, system code information, a system data byte, a protocol pointer that points to a protocol table and a number of flagbytes that are used to index a particular key among the keycodes. The keycode data structure also contains a plurality of keycode data structure pointers (kdsps). ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096591

System and methods for enhanced remote control functionality

A hand-held device having a touch sensitive surface uses a relative distance from an origin location to each of a plurality of touch zones of the touch sensitive surface activated by a user to select a one of the plurality of touch zones as being intended for activation by the user.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/05/18 / #20180095642

Graphical user interface and data transfer methods in a controlling device

A smart device is provided with a main remote control application that may be configured using information. The main remote control application may present images of original remote controls corresponding to devices which are controllable by the configured main remote control application. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089990

System and method for automatically setting up a universal remote control

A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/29/18 / #20180088780

Graphical user interface and data transfer methods in a controlling device

A smart device is provided with a main remote control application that may be configured using information obtained from a qr code. The main remote control application may present images of original remote controls corresponding to devices which are controllable by the configured main remote control application. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/01/18 / #20180061414

System and method for voice actuated configuration of a controlling device

A speech recognition engine is provided voice data indicative of at least a brand of a target appliance. The speech recognition engine uses the voice data indicative of at least a brand of the target appliance to identify within a library of codesets at least one codeset that is cross-referenced to the brand of the target appliance. ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048928

System and method for reconfiguration of an entertainment system controlling device

An entertainment device initiates a configuration process of a controlling device in response to a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046478

Interactive web-based codeset selection and development tool

A web server uses selection criteria for identifying an electronic consumer device to identify a codeset likely to be appropriate for communicating with the electronic consumer device and data indicative of at least one code of the identified codeset is provided to a remote control device whereupon the data indicative of the at least one code of the identified codeset is automatically activated by the remote control device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041355

System and method for optimized appliance control

A device receives a request from a controlling device, such as a remote control, smart phone, or the like, where the request is intended to have one or more target devices perform one or more functional operations. The device responds to the request by applying the optimum methodology to propagate one or more commands to each intended target appliance to cause each intended target appliance to perform the intended one or more functional operations.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040238

System and method for widget-assisted setup of a universal remote control

A system and method for enabling set up of a controlling device capable of controlling a plurality of appliances provides an interactive instruction set and associated programming which is downloadable to a controllable appliance having an associated display, such as an internet enabled television. The programming is accessible by the controllable appliance and is configured to appropriately display interactive instructions from the interactive instruction set to a user during a user initiated set up procedure for setting up the controlling device to communicate commands to another controllable device (e.g., a dvd, vcr, dvr, etc).. ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040237

System and method for optimized appliance control

In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a universal control engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the universal control engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039396

Graphical user interface and data transfer methods in a controlling device

A smart device is provided with a main remote control application that may be configured using information. The main remote control application may present images of original remote controls corresponding to devices which are controllable by the configured main remote control application. ... Universal Electronics Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034953

System and method for provision of appliance control functionality to a smart device

A system for use in issuing commands to a plurality of appliances each of a specific one of a plurality of different appliance types includes a smart device adapted to transmit command communications and a plurality of low-energy consuming controllers each adapted to transmit a command to a one of the plurality of appliances of a specific one of the plurality of different appliance types in response to receipt of a command communication originating from the smart device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014057

System and method for ubiquitous appliance control

A slave relay station is adapted to serve and/or host pages comprising a simplified graphic user interface (gui) encoded in a widely recognized format such as, for example, html or wml. The gui embodies activatable links corresponding to control functions for configured appliances. ... Universal Electronics Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295422

System and method for pairing a hearing device and an appliance

When a hearing device is determined to be capable of being of being paired with each of a plurality of appliances, a one of the plurality of appliances is automatically selected for an attempted pairing with the hearing device. The one of the plurality of appliances is selected using priority information that has been associated with each of the plurality of appliances. ... Universal Electronics Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293408

System and method for flexible configuration of a controlling device

A system and method whereby an user interface editing device is used to create a user interface for a controlling device, the created user interface including user interface elements that are associated with functional operations of a virtual equivalent of an appliance. After the created user interface is transferred to the controlling device, the virtual equivalent of an appliance is caused to be linked to an intended target appliance whereupon activation of those user interface elements of the graphical user interface that were associated with functional operations of the virtual equivalent of an appliance will cause the controlling device to transmit commands to control corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289628

Automatic determination and retrieval of a favorite channel

A consumer electronic device tracks the current channel to which the electronic consumer device is tuned. The consumer electronic device determines an amount of time that the current channel remains unchanged. ... Universal Electronics Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289484

System and method for optimized appliance control

A device receives a request from a controlling device, such as a remote control, smart phone, or the like, where the request is intended to have one or more target devices perform one or more functional operations. The device responds to the request by applying the optimum methodology to propagate one or more commands to each intended target appliance to cause each intended target appliance to perform the intended one or more functional operations.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270781

Communicating discovery information from remote control devices

A set top box receives from a remote control device one or more of a codeset identifier, data indicative of a brand and model for a consumer electronic device, and remote control diagnostic information. The set top box then causes information representative of the received codeset identifier, data indicative of a brand and model for a consumer electronic device, and remote control diagnostic information to be displayed in a display device associated with the set top box.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

09/14/17 / #20170265005

Microphone capsule with odd number of sides

There is disclosed a microphone and a microphone capsule including the microphone. The microphone includes a diaphragm having a perimeter shaped as a polygon with an odd number of sides.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

08/24/17 / #20170243477

System and method for monitoring user interactions with a universal controlling device

Usage of a universal controlling device is monitored by determining a current operating mode of the universal controlling device, sensing an event occurring within the universal controlling device, and storing within a memory of the universal controlling device data indicative of the event occurring in the current operating mode of the universal controlling device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

06/29/17 / #20170187979

System and method for configuring controlling device functionality

A controlling device is automatically configured to issue a communication directly to a first controllable appliance to control a functional operation of the first controllable appliance in the event that the first controllable appliance is determined to be unresponsive to a command communication transmitted to the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link or to issue a communication to a second controllable appliance to control the functional operation of the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link in the event that first controllable appliance is determined to be responsive to a command communication transmitted to the first controllable appliance via a digital communications link.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164042

System and method for prioritizing and filtering cec commands

A first controllable appliance receives from a second controllable appliance a command for causing the first controllable appliance to be placed into a state and, in response, determines a trust level of the second controllable appliance. When it is determined that the second controllable appliance is trustworthy, the first controllable appliance executes the command. ... Universal Electronics Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155954

System and method for detecting the removal of a controlling device

A system and method for using a controllable appliance to report an inoperable state of a controlling device. The appliance is caused to repeatedly determine, at a first predetermined timed interval, if a wireless notification signal, repeatedly transmitted by the controlling device at a second predetermined timed interval, has been received from the controlling device. ... Universal Electronics Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132689

System and method for recommending home appliances to a consumer

A system functions to recommend equipment expansions, additions and/or substitutions; interconnections; supplemental capabilities; features; etc. Based upon a knowledge of a consumer's existing audio and/or visual system configuration.. ... Universal Electronics Inc

05/04/17 / #20170123597

System and method for accessing a user interface via a secondary device

An adapter provides a link between a digital media player having a memory on which is stored digital media files, a display device, and a remote control. The adapter receives from the digital media player data which is used to generate a representation of a user interface which is provided to the display device for display. ... Universal Electronics Inc

04/06/17 / #20170098369

Codeset communication format and related methods and structures

A codeset is described in a public codeset communication format (pccf) as a format block including a plurality of fields having readily decipherable values, such as 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. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/30/17 / #20170092117

User interface for a remote control application

A hand-held electronic device having a remote control application user interface that functions to displays operational mode information to a user. The graphical user interface may be used, for example, to setup the remote control application to control appliances for one or more users in one or more rooms, to perform activities, and to access favorites. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/23/17 / #20170085699

System and method for provision of appliance control functionality to a smart device

A system for use in issuing commands to a plurality of appliances each of a specific one of a plurality of different appliance types includes a smart device adapted to transmit command communications and a plurality of low-energy consuming controllers each adapted to transmit a command to a one of the plurality of appliances of a specific one of the plurality of different appliance types in response to receipt of a command communication originating from the smart device.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/16/17 / #20170076592

System and method for retrieving information while commanding operation of an appliance

Media rendering system including a remote control device and associated docking station. The remote control device interfaces with a remote server to stream media content for local and/or external playback. ... Universal Electronics Inc

03/02/17 / #20170060275

Device that manages power provided to an object sensor

A hand-held device with a sensor for providing a signal indicative of a position of the hand-held device relative to an object surface enables power to the sensor at a first time interval when the hand-held device is indicated to be in a position that is stationary and adjacent relative to the object surface, enables power to the sensor at a second time interval shorter than the first time interval when the hand-held device is indicated to be in a position that is moving and adjacent relative to the object surface, and enables power to the sensor at a third time interval when the hand-held device is determined to be in a position that is removed relative to the object surface.. . ... Universal Electronics Inc

01/26/17 / #20170024999

System and method for automatically setting up a universal remote control

A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. ... Universal Electronics Inc

01/26/17 / #20170024123

System and method for appliance control via a personal communication or entertainment device

A system for use in controlling operating functions of a controllable device includes a hand-held device and an intermediate device in communication with the hand-held device and the controllable device. The hand-held device is adapted to receive a gesture based input and to transmit a signal having data representative of the gesture based input. ... Universal Electronics Inc

01/05/17 / #20170005821

System and method for configuration of network-capable appliances

A first device and a second device are placed into communication via use of a first communications link and, in response, the first device and the second device exchange data via use of the first communications link to thereby configure the first device to receive communications from the second device via use of a second communications link different than the first communications link. In this manner, the second device can be used to transmit commands to control functional operations of the first device via use of the second communications link.. ... Universal Electronics Inc








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