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"Control Device and Control Method" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 9, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventor MASUDA, Isao (Kawasaki, JP), filed on December 23, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Home networks, which can transmit and receive multimedia data by connecting in a wired or wireless manner devices such as televisions, personal computers, digital video recorders, etc., that were produced in accordance with the standard of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) guidelines, have conventionally been known.

"In relation to the above technique, a control method that facilitates the determination of a linkage function of a plurality of devices connected to a local area network has been known. In accordance with the selection of a device by a user, a control unit that performs this control provides a display device with data representing linkage operations that can be executed by the device selected by the user.

"Also, a network device discrimination management system that can correctly select a target network device in accordance with an external view displayed in a screen is known. This network device discrimination management system manages network devices connected through a network so that images picked up by an image pickup device connected to the network are associated by a main management device with pieces of unique identification information that are uniquely assigned to the respective network devices connected through the network. Then, the network device discrimination management system determines a network device by unique identification information extracted from an image file.

"Also, an information processing device realizing a configuration that enables easy recognition of correspondence relationships between devices on a device list and actual devices that are connected to a network is known. This information processing device registers a device image obtained by picking up an image of a device as an icon for a device list and thereby can reliably recognize an actual device in accordance with an icon on the device list.

"Patent Document 1: Japanese Laid-open Patent Publication No. 2003-022224

"Patent Document 2: Japanese Laid-open Patent Publication No. 2009-100217

"Patent Document 3: Japanese Laid-open Patent Publication No. 2010-026964"

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to an aspect of the embodiments, a control device that controls devices in a network includes a storage unit configured to store registration information in which one or more pieces of identification information that identifies a device as a control target from among devices in the network are registered beforehand, and a processor configured to execute a process including detecting devices in the network from a response message in response to a device search message transmitted simultaneously to devices in the network and to extract a device whose identification information is registered in the registration information from among the detected devices, displaying the extracted device in a display device in a selectable manner, and performing a prescribed manipulation on a selected device when the processor detects that a user has selected one of the devices displayed in the display device.

"The object and advantages of the invention will be realized and attained by means of the elements and combinations particularly pointed out in the claims.

"It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory and are not restrictive of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates an outline of a home network 100 including a digital media controller 110 that implements a control device according to the present example;

"FIG. 2 illustrates an example of a process of manipulating a server 131 and a renderer 141 from the digital media controller 110;

"FIG. 3 illustrates an example of the digital media controller 110;

"FIG. 4 illustrates an example of the server 131;

"FIG. 5 illustrates an example of the renderer 141;

"FIG. 6 illustrates an example of a configuration of a device information list 600 including device information according to the present example;

"FIG. 7 illustrates an outline of a process of registering a device in the device information list 600;

"FIG. 8 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process of registering device information in the device information list 600;

"FIG. 9 illustrates an application example of the device information list 600;

"FIG. 10 illustrates an example of a device information list when the list is shared by controllers 910 and 920;

"FIG. 11 illustrates an example of a process in which a device information list is shared by the controllers 910 and 920;

"FIG. 12 illustrates an outline of a device search that uses mobile-device-particular information;

"FIG. 13 is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process of device search that uses mobile-device-particular information;

"FIG. 14 illustrates an outline of content search that uses mobile-device-particular information;

"FIG. 15A is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process of content search that uses mobile-device-particular information;

"FIG. 15B is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process of content search that uses mobile-device-particular information;

"FIG. 16 illustrates an outline of a process that performs device search and content reproduction by using an image picked up by a camera;

"FIG. 17A is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process that performs device search and content reproduction by using an image picked up by a camera; and

"FIG. 17B is a flowchart illustrating an example of a process that performs device search and content reproduction by using an image picked up by a camera."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: MASUDA, Isao. Control Device and Control Method. Filed December 23, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=176&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited.

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