US 9,811,354 B2
Home audio system for operating different types of audio sources
Dan A. Preston, Bainbridge Island, WA (US)
Assigned to EAGLE HARBOR HOLDINGS, LLC, Bainbridge Island, WA (US)
Filed by Dan A. Preston, Bainbridge Island, WA (US)
Filed on Mar. 23, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/429,144.
Application 13/429,144 is a continuation of application No. 12/483,214, filed on Jun. 11, 2009.
Application 12/483,214 is a continuation of application No. 11/462,958, filed on Aug. 7, 2006, granted, now 7,778,739.
Application 11/462,958 is a continuation of application No. 09/841,915, filed on Apr. 24, 2001, granted, now 7,146,260.
Prior Publication US 2012/0183153 A1, Jul. 19, 2012
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. H04L 12/403 (2006.01); G06F 9/445 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01); B60R 25/00 (2013.01); G06Q 30/06 (2012.01); H04L 12/24 (2006.01); H04L 12/40 (2006.01); G06F 11/20 (2006.01); G06F 11/30 (2006.01); G06F 11/32 (2006.01); G07C 5/08 (2006.01); H04L 29/08 (2006.01); G06F 13/40 (2006.01); G06F 9/46 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 9/44505 (2013.01) [B60R 25/00 (2013.01); G06F 9/46 (2013.01); G06F 11/2028 (2013.01); G06F 11/2035 (2013.01); G06F 11/2046 (2013.01); G06F 11/3013 (2013.01); G06F 11/3051 (2013.01); G06F 11/328 (2013.01); G06F 13/4081 (2013.01); G06Q 30/0641 (2013.01); G07C 5/08 (2013.01); H04L 12/24 (2013.01); H04L 12/403 (2013.01); H04L 12/40169 (2013.01); H04L 29/06 (2013.01); H04L 41/00 (2013.01); H04L 41/0806 (2013.01); H04L 41/0809 (2013.01); H04L 41/22 (2013.01); H04L 67/12 (2013.01); H04L 67/125 (2013.01); H04L 67/42 (2013.01); H04L 2012/40273 (2013.01); Y10T 307/50 (2015.04)] 20 Claims
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1. An audio system for a home, wherein the home has includes multiple processors operating as a multiprocessor system, comprising:
a) a wired audio source coupled to the audio system;
b) a processor and a display coupled to the the audio system;
c) a wireless network sensor coupled to the processor and configured to inform the processor when it detects a new device brought into or proximate to the home, wherein the new device is a wireless audio source;
d) speakers coupled to at least the audio system;
e) a memory with stored program instructions that are executable to:
(i) communicate with the wireless audio source,
(ii) identify the wireless audio source from among a plurality of different types of wireless audio sources,
(iii) indicate the type of the wireless audio source on the display, and
(iv) make the wireless audio source available to the audio system to enable playing of audio information from the wireless audio source on at least one of the speakers; and
f) an application management system configured to:
(i) use a data manager to identify a particular type of data used in the wireless audio source and processed with a first software application controlled and operated by the wireless audio source;
(ii) identify a second software application from among multiple different software applications located in memory in the multiprocessor network, wherein the second software application is currently not connected to the wireless audio source, and wherein the second software application is designed to process the same particular type of data processed by the first software application;
(iii) configure a particular one of the processors to operate the second software application, wherein operating the second software application causes the particular one of the processors to take control and operation of the wireless audio source; and
(iv) initiate transfer of data from the wireless audio source to the particular one of the processors and initiate processing of the particular type of data received from the wireless audio source with the second software application.