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Thread: Apple awarded two new Patents on Remote Control of Electronic Devices

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    Lightbulb Apple awarded two new Patents on Remote Control of Electronic Devices


    Apple got a two new patents awarded by US Patent & Trademark office on 4th march, 2010. The patents are regarding Remote Control of Electronic Devices, a revolutionary type idea. The application for patent was filed on 10th Nov, 2009 by Apple Inc.





    The patent describes the idea is that A controlling device (e.g., a telephony device) can remotely control various tasks associated with a controlled device (e.g., a personal computer), including the navigation of user interfaces associated with applications or an operating system associated with the controlled device. A task can be controlled at the controlled device by mapping user input received at the controlling device to control commands suitable for execution at the controlled device.





    Read the patent details here, Patent 1 | Patent 2.

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    Yesterday was a day for patents. MS too got so many, I decided to just not post any on TWC... whew!

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    Here's some details about an interesting patent application from apple.
    Well, in October of 2009, a new application from Apple landed in the U.S. Patent Office. Apple's idea was to program devices to periodically interrupt users with unskippable ads. The ads would temporarily halt performance of the device in order to "compel attention." That on its own is pretty nightmarish but, innovators that they are, Apple found a way to crank it up to that hard-to-reach "Lovecraftian" level.

    Their words:

    "Apple can further determine whether a user pays attention to the advertisement. The determination can include performing, while the advertisement is presented, an operation that urges the user to respond; and detecting whether the user responds to the performed operation. If the response is inappropriate or nonexistent, the system will go into lock down mode in some form or other until the user complies. In the case of an iPod, the sound could be disconnected rendering it useless until compliance is met. For the iPhone, no calls will be able to be made or received."
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