Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lifestyle Receiver/Transmitter

The USPTO published a Delphi application for a Lifestyle Receiver/Transmitter this past Thursday. It is difficult to say if this is something revolutionary or just an idea. It may be a sign of things to come. It appears to be a device that coordinates several other devices based on a unique ID, such as a phone number, now that they are portable.


United States Patent Application 20060205359
Kind Code A1
Brooks; Vincent L. September 14, 2006

Lifestyle receiver/transmitter for differentiated consumer product

Abstract

A receiver/transmitter for a consumer product having unique operational features, comprising: a microprocessor programmed to a numerical identifier associated with the consumer product; a housing for housing the microprocessor, the housing being separable from the consumer product; a data transferring component coupled to the microprocessor and configured for communicating with the consumer product; a receiver circuit disposed within the housing; a transmitter circuit disposed within the housing; wherein the microprocessor comprises programmable logic that enables a plurality of signals corresponding to the numerical identifier to be received and transmitted between the consumer product and the receiver/transmitter, wherein the consumer product comprises electrical components necessary to facilitate the receipt and transmission of the plurality of signals, wherein linear dimensions and configurations of the consumer product are not constrained by the microprocessor, the data transferring component, the receiver circuit and the transmitter circuit of the receiver/transmitter and the receiver/transmitter is a stand alone device not capable of providing any of the unique operational features of the consumer product.


Inventors: Brooks; Vincent L.; (Troy, MI)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
M/C 480-410-202
PO BOX 5052
TROY
MI
48007
US
Serial No.: 374693
Series Code: 11
Filed: March 14, 2006

U.S. Current Class: 455/73; 340/539.1; 455/344
U.S. Class at Publication: 455/073; 455/344; 340/539.1
Intern'l Class: H04B 1/38 20060101 H04B001/38; H05K 11/00 20060101 H05K011/00; G08B 1/08 20060101 G08B001/08



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Satellite radio is mentioned throughout the applications. Here are some pertinent sections:

[0029] Non-limiting examples of consumer products 12 include: personal digital assistants (PDAs); computer systems (e.g., laptops, desktops, servers, mainframes, etc); communication systems (e.g., phones, pagers, two way radios, cellular phones, voice over Internet protocol (VOIP), etc.); vehicle systems (e.g., audio entertainment, video entertainment, tracking devices, global positioning systems, Onstar, satellite digital audio radio systems (SDARS)); home entertainment systems (e.g., audio entertainment, video entertainment, cable television, satellite TV, satellite digital audio radio systems (SDARS)); and cameras or other video devices; hand held entertainment devices, any of which may be adapted to communicate with Internet service providers (ISPs) as well as be incorporated into a wearable item including but not limited to watches, headsets, necklaces, helmets, backpacks, belts, wallets etc.

[0030] Moreover, each of these consumer products can be configured to receive information (e.g., audio signals, video signals, etc.) and provide unique operational features associated with the particular function of the consumer product. For example, a satellite digital audio radio system (SDARS) is capable of receiving and providing audio content which is a non-limiting exemplary example of a unique operational feature of a consumer product comprising a satellite digital audio radio system. In yet another example a microphone and earpiece are also capable of receiving and providing audio content which is a non-limiting exemplary example of a unique operational feature of a consumer product comprising an earpiece and microphone. In yet another example, a satellite digital video system is capable of receiving and providing audio and video content which is a non-limiting exemplary example of a unique operational feature of a consumer product comprising a satellite digital video system alternatively the signal may be provided by cable or other wireless transmission. Other consumer products providing unique operational features associated with the use of the same include features necessary for using personal digital assistants (PDAs); computer systems (e.g., laptops, desktops, servers, mainframes, etc); communication systems (e.g., phones, pagers, two way radios, cellular phones, voice over Internet protocol (VOIP), etc.); vehicle systems (e.g., audio entertainment, video entertainment, tracking devices, global positioning systems, Onstar, satellite digital audio radio systems (SDARS)); home entertainment systems (e.g., audio entertainment, video entertainment, cable television, satellite TV, satellite digital audio radio systems (SDARS)); cameras or other video devices; and hand held entertainment devices wherein the operational features of the consumer product are not directly provided by the lifestyle receiver/transmitter.


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