US 9,810,444 B2
Method for controlling terminal apparatus that remotely controls air conditioner, non-transitory recording medium storing program executed by terminal apparatus, recommend method executed by terminal apparatus, and terminal apparatus
Toshihisa Nakano, Osaka (JP); and Hiroshi Amano, Osaka (JP)
Assigned to PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Torrance, CA (US)
Filed by Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America, Torrance, CA (US)
Filed on May 27, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/722,152.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/004,207, filed on May 29, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-153938 (JP), filed on Jul. 29, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0345814 A1, Dec. 3, 2015
Int. Cl. G06F 19/00 (2011.01); F24F 11/00 (2006.01); G05B 15/02 (2006.01); H04L 12/28 (2006.01)
CPC F24F 11/006 (2013.01) [G05B 15/02 (2013.01); H04L 12/2818 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0035 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0068 (2013.01); F24F 2011/0091 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for controlling a terminal apparatus that includes a display and that is used for an appliance control system for executing, from a car via a network, remote control on appliances installed in a building,
the terminal apparatus including a processor and a memory, the memory storing setting information specifying a plurality of air conditioners designated as targets of the remote control and storing, for each of the plurality of air conditioners, condition information representing a set temperature at which a remote operation is started,
the method comprising:
causing the processor of the terminal apparatus to judge, using the setting information, the set temperature represented by the condition information of each of the plurality of air conditioners, and the outside temperature, whether or not there exists at least two or more air conditioners of the plurality of air conditioners designated as the targets of the remote control for which a condition of starting the remote operation is satisfied;
causing the processor to, in a case where there exists the at least two or more air conditioners for which the condition of starting the remote operation is satisfied, obtain first position information indicating a current position of the car and second position information indicating a position of the building, and judge whether or not the current position indicated by the first position information is within a region relative to the position indicated by the second position information;
causing the processor to, in a case where the current position indicated by the first position information is within the region relative to the position indicated by the second position information, output, via the display of the terminal apparatus, one common piece of display data prompting the remote operation for the at least two or more air conditioners, the one common piece of display data including one common instruction portion for starting the remote operation; and
causing the processor to, in a case where selection of the one common instruction portion is detected, output control data that executes the remote operation on the at least two or more air conditioners to the network, and individually output, via the display of the terminal apparatus, for the at least two or more air conditioners, pieces of notification data indicating that the control data has been output for each of the at least two or more air conditioners.