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TiVo awarded patent for "motion-activated remote control backlight"

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by drebbe, May 6, 2013.

  1. drebbe

    drebbe Carbon Blob

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    United States Patent no. 8,432,264, issued on April 30, was assigned to TiVo Inc. (Alviso, Calif.).
    "Motion-activated remote control backlight" was invented by Roger Hsu (Palo Alto, Calif.). According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "An apparatus for performing remote control operations is provided. A remote control detects a particular movement, and performs operations based on the detected movement."
    The patent was filed on July 23, 2010, under Application No. 12/842,904.
    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8432264.PN.&OS=PN/8432264&RS=PN/8432264
     
  2. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

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    That might be the tivo company that makes light fixtures.
     
  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    Do they also make DVRs? I'm guessing not, as that is clearly indicated in the link.
     
  4. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Active Member

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    So how come I have a harmony remote older than 2010 that already has a motion activated backlight?
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Motion-activated backlighting has been a feature on high end remotes for at least 7 or 8 years. I believe my old Marantz RC2000 MK II had it. It was either on that one or my Home Theater Master MX-700, both of which I've had for at least that long.
     
  6. drebbe

    drebbe Carbon Blob

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    The backlight is only one minor aspect of the patent. If you read the link you can see that it covers more ground than that.

    A better summary would be, "A remote detects a particular movement, and performs operations based on the detected movement."
     
  7. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Cue the post from Bigg in 3... 2...
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    So I can use the remote by making hand gestures?
     
  9. mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    I believe there's already an app that lets you use an X-Box Kinect sensor to control Windows Media Center on a PC.
     

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