Thursday, March 13, 2008

IBM Patent Application for Satellite Radio Receiver

We came across this interesting IBM patent application this morning:

United States Patent Application 20080064325
Kind Code A1
Bates; Cary Lee ; et al. March 13, 2008

SATELLITE RADIO RECEIVER THAT DISPLAYS INFORMATION REGARDING ONE OR MORE CHANNELS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING LISTENED TO

Abstract

A satellite radio receiver includes a display that displays information regarding one or more channels that are not currently being listened to. For a music channel, this information may include the name of the artist, the song title, time left in the song, etc. For a news channel, this information may include the news currently being discussed, the name of the news program, the time remaining, etc. For a sports channel, this information may include the name of the channel, a description of the sporting event, the time remaining, etc. The preferred embodiments include different ways to select which channels are "favorites" and therefore displayed on the display. One way is to keep track of which channels are most frequently listened to, and to display information regarding those channels.


Inventors: Bates; Cary Lee; (Rochester, MN) ; Nelson; Eric John; (Rochester, MN) ; Santosuosso; John Matthew; (Rochester, MN)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    MARTIN & ASSOCIATES, LLC
P.O. BOX 548
CARTHAGE
MO
64836-0548
US
Assignee Name and Adress: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
New Orchard Road
Armonk
NY
10504

Serial No.: 941477
Series Code: 11
Filed: November 16, 2007
U.S. Current Class: 455/3.02
U.S. Class at Publication: 455/003.02
Intern'l Class: H04H 20/00 20080101 H04H020/00


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2 comments:

orford said...

Strangely, the introduction of the Patent Application uses the old/original Sirius compnay name: CD Radio... why?
Was it found in a drawer and applied for only now?


"The company was founded in 1990. It was formerly known as Satellite CD Radio, Inc. and changed its name to CD Radio, Inc. in 1992. Further, the company changed its name to Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. in 1999. Sirius Satellite Radio is headquartered in New York, New York."

orford said...

Oops ... hit 'send' too soon.

I was referring to page 6 of the .pdf, §§§ [0006] .

Also the music titles selected in the figures suggest living in the 90-ties: Foreigner, Heart, Bread.