US 9,813,543 B2
System and method for provision of appliance control functionality to a smart device
Brandt Thompson, Newport Coast, CA (US); and Patrick H. Hayes, Mission Viejo, CA (US)
Assigned to Universal Electronics Inc., Santa Ana, CA (US)
Filed by Universal Electronics Inc., Santa Ana, CA (US)
Filed on Nov. 30, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/364,620.
Application 15/364,620 is a continuation of application No. 13/602,435, filed on Sep. 4, 2012, granted, now 9,548,813.
Prior Publication US 2017/0085699 A1, Mar. 23, 2017
Int. Cl. G05B 11/01 (2006.01); G08C 19/16 (2006.01); H04M 1/725 (2006.01); H04B 10/114 (2013.01); H04N 5/44 (2011.01); H04N 21/418 (2011.01); H04N 21/422 (2011.01); H04W 4/00 (2009.01)
CPC H04M 1/72533 (2013.01) [H04B 10/1149 (2013.01); H04M 1/7253 (2013.01); H04N 5/4403 (2013.01); H04N 21/4183 (2013.01); H04N 21/4222 (2013.01); H04W 4/008 (2013.01); H04N 2005/4405 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A controller for use in issuing commands to an appliance of a single one of a plurality of appliance types, comprising:
a processing device;
a memory coupled to the processing device, the memory storing a data indicative of the one of the plurality of appliance type with which the controller is to be used;
a RF communications interface coupled to the processing device for use in exchanging communications with a smart device;
an IR transmitter coupled to the processing device for transmitting command communications to the appliance of the specific appliance type;
a low-power interval timer for providing periodic wake-up signals to the RF communications interface to thereby enable the RF communications interface to receive communications from the smart device;
a compact power source for providing power to at least the processing device, the RF communications interface, the transmitter, and the low-power interval timer; and
a housing carrying the processing device, the memory, the RF communications interface, the transmitter, and the compact power source;
wherein the memory has stored therein instructions which, when executed by the processing device, cause the controller to transmit to the smart device via use of the RF communications interface the data indicative of the one of the plurality of appliance types to thereby obtain from the smart device via use of the RF communications interface a configuration data wherein the configuration data obtained from the smart device is used to configure the controller to command functional operations of the appliance of the one of the plurality of appliance types whereupon the controller will function to cause the IR transmitter to transmit a command for controlling a functional operation of the appliance of the one of the plurality of appliance types in response to the RF communications interface receiving a corresponding command from the smart device.