Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS20020093593 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/073,170
Publication dateJul 18, 2002
Filing dateFeb 13, 2002
Priority dateFeb 22, 1996
Also published asUS6373503, US20020054020, US20030122965, WO1997031476A1
Publication number073170, 10073170, US 2002/0093593 A1, US 2002/093593 A1, US 20020093593 A1, US 20020093593A1, US 2002093593 A1, US 2002093593A1, US-A1-20020093593, US-A1-2002093593, US2002/0093593A1, US2002/093593A1, US20020093593 A1, US20020093593A1, US2002093593 A1, US2002093593A1
InventorsRonald Perkes
Original AssigneeLumenati, Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multimedia computer and television apparatus
US 20020093593 A1
Abstract
A multimedia computer and television apparatus (10) includes a dual mode monitor portion (20) adapted to display either or both a TV broadcast signal or computer (data) signal, connected to a computer portion (30) configured for both Internet access and television broadcast reception, and a remote control portion (40) adapted to control the computer portion (3) and monitor portion (20).
Images(5)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(11)
What is claimed is:
1. A monitor, comprising:
means for receiving and displaying a TV broadcasting signal and a computer signal, the TV broadcast signal being displayed by itself in a first mode of the monitor, the computer being displayed by itself in a second mode of the monitor, both the TV broadcast signal and the computer signal being displayed in a third mode of the monitor; and
means for receiving a remote control signal that controls the monitor to operate in one of the first, second and third modes.
2. The monitor as set forth in claim 1, wherein the monitor further comprises:
a first input port that is configured to receive the TV broadcasting signal having a television horizontal frequency at a first horizontal scanning frequency; and
a second input port that is configured to receive the computer signal having a computer signal horizontal frequency at a second horizontal scanning frequency different from the first horizontal scanning frequency.
3. The monitor as set forth in claim 2, wherein the monitor is configured to display either or both of the TV broadcasting signal and the computer signal based on control signals received by the receiving means,
wherein the monitor is configured to operate at one or more of a plurality of monitor scanning frequencies, and
wherein the monitor displays either or both of the TV broadcasting signal and the computer signal on a display of the monitor based on a selected one or more of the monitor scanning frequencies in accordance with the remote control signal.
4. The monitor as set forth in claim 1, wherein the first input port is a 75-ohm cable input port for operation in the first mode, and wherein the second input port is a VGA 15-pin input port for operation in the second and third modes.
5. The monitor as set forth in claim 1, wherein the monitor is communicatively coupled to a computer portion which provides the computer signal to the monitor.
6. An apparatus, comprising:
a monitor that is configured to display a TV broadcasting signal and a computer signal, the TV broadcast signal being displayed by itself in a first mode of the monitor, the computer being displayed by itself in a second mode of the monitor, both the TV broadcast signal and the computer signal being displayed in a third mode of the monitor; and
a remote control unit that is configured to control the monitor by way of at least one control signal being provided to the monitor by way of the remote control unit,
wherein the remote control unit is operable to set the monitor to one or the first, second and third modes.
7. The apparatus as set forth in claim 6, wherein the remote control unit controls signals being displayed by the monitor based on user inputs to the remote control unit.
8. The apparatus as set forth in claim 6, wherein the monitor further comprises:
a first input port that is configured to receive the TV broadcasting signal having a television horizontal frequency at a first horizontal scanning frequency; and
a second input port that is configured to receive the computer signal having a computer signal horizontal frequency at a second horizontal scanning frequency different from the first horizontal scanning frequency.
9. The apparatus as set forth in claim 8, wherein the monitor is configured to operate at one or more of a plurality of monitor scanning frequencies, and
wherein the monitor displays either or both of the TV broadcasting signal and the computer signal on a display of the monitor based on a selected one or more of the monitor scanning frequencies in accordance with the at least one control signal provided by the remote control unit.
10. The apparatus as set forth in claim 8, wherein the first input port is a 75-ohm cable input port for operation in the first mode, and wherein the second input port is a VGA 15-pin input port for operation in the second and third modes.
11. The apparatus as set forth in claim 8, wherein the monitor is communicatively coupled to a computer portion which provides the computer signal to the monitor.
Description
    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • [0001]
    This invention relates generally to electronic devices, and more specifically to an improved combination multimedia computer and television apparatus.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The traditional home personal computer (PC) looks, feels, and functions much like the standard office personal computer. In contrast, the traditional home television is not suitable for computer usage. The inventive apparatus provides a new and unique product that is a combination large screen television and multimedia computer with a number of unique identifying characteristics.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0003]
    The multimedia computer and television apparatus of this invention includes a dual mode monitor portion adapted to display either or both a TV broadcast signal or computer (data) signal, connected to a computer portion configured for both Internet access and television broadcast reception, and a remote control portion adapted to control the computer portion and monitor portion.
  • [0004]
    The inventive apparatus can thus handle many tasks: home based entrepreneurs can run complex spreadsheets, sports fans can preview up to twelve or more broadcast games at once on a high resolution screen, audiophiles can listen to clean theater quality sound, netsurfers can cruise down the information highway with speed and style, gamesters can play action, strategy and thought provoking games, and the operator can choose to do all this and more at the same time from the comfort of a couch with the inventive wireless keyboard command center. In short, the apparatus melds entertainment, education, information access, and increased productivity into a sleek elegant package that people will be proud to display and use in their living room.
  • [0005]
    The apparatus allows the user to custom tailor their learning and entertainment environment, and uses proven, responsive technology to empower the user. The apparatus defies placement in existing product categories by combining the best features of digital technology for consumers.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0006]
    [0006]FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of the components of the inventive multimedia computer and television apparatus of this invention.
  • [0007]
    [0007]FIG. 2 is a diagram of the monitor according to the invention displaying a television signal.
  • [0008]
    [0008]FIG. 3 is a diagram of the monitor according to the invention displaying a television signal on one portion of the monitor display, and displaying a data signal on another portion of the monitor display.
  • [0009]
    [0009]FIG. 4 is a diagram of the monitor according to the invention displaying the data signal on the monitor display.
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 5 is a diagram of a remote control input device according to the invention.
  • [0011]
    [0011]FIG. 6 is a diagram showing features of the monitor and the computer deck according to the invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0012]
    [0012]FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of the components of the inventive multimedia computer and television apparatus 10 of this invention, including combination stereo television and stereo data monitor 20, computer deck 30, and remote control input device 40.
  • [0013]
    The apparatus includes a high powered computer with a 75 mhz or faster Pentium processor, a 750 megabyte or larger hard drive, 8 megabytes or more of RAM, 64 bit or more graphics accelerator, 3.5″ floppy disk drive and a 28.8 bps or faster modem in a sleek low profile black case. Multimedia capabilities include a quad speed or faster CD-ROM player, 125+ channel TV tuner, video picture capture, 16 bit or more stereo sound output, and a separate game controller. The CPU also allows for expansion: RAM is expandable to 128 megabytes or more, the modem is cable modem upgradeable, and 2 or more expansion slots are provided for customer flexibility.
  • [0014]
    The monitor is a 29″ or larger stereo monitor that allows for both computer input and audio/video input. The dual inputs allow the monitor to function as a normal television when the user does not want to turn on the CPU. The monitor has RCA stereo output jacks to connect to a stereo sound system to complete a home theater system.
  • [0015]
    The unique remote command keyboard controls the whole system. In matching black, the 105 key keyboard may be powered by two AAA batteries with a working range of 40 or more feet to allow maximum user comfort and flexibility. The mouse controller may be a built-in touchpad that allows the user to be truly freed of cumbersome cords and plugs.
  • [0016]
    Components and features of the inventive apparatus may include the following or their equivalents:
  • [0017]
    CPU: Intel Pentium 75 mhz processor; 8 MB of System RAM expandable to 128 MB; 256K Pipeline Burst mode cache; 630 MB Mode 4 hard drive with 12 ms average access; 1.44 MB 3.5″ floppy; Quad Speed 300 ms access CD-ROM drive; 4 bit graphics accelerator with 1 MB video memory; 2 Hi-speed 16550 buffered serial communications ports; 1 ECP/EEP hi-speed parallel port; Game/midi port; Energy saving sleep mode; 110/220 switchable power supply; FCC Class B approved; and UL/CSA approved.
  • [0018]
    Multimedia Capability: 125 channel TV tuner built into PC; Supports TV in a Window or full screen TV; watch TV while you access the Internet, access your favorite application, or play your favorite game; on-screen remote control for channel selection, mute, on/off, volume control; on-screen single frame video capture allows you to capture and use video images by saving them as BMP, TIFF, PCX, TGA; simultaneously previews 12 channels at once; 16 Bit Adlib/Sound Blaster compatible sound; stereo audio output; accepts input from Cable TV, VCR, camcorder; 28,800 Baud internal FAX/Modem upgradeable to Cable modems; separate game controller.
  • [0019]
    Big Screen PC+TV Monitor (e.g., 29-37 inch): Functions as a stand-alone stereo high resolution digital television or as a stereo multimedia computer monitor; supports the following resolutions: Standard NTSC television (15.8 Khz); 640480 VGA (31.5 Khz); 800600 Super VGA (38 khz); 1024768 Super VGA (38 khz); 125 channel tuner; Stereo sound; Remote control for on/off, volume, brightness, color, HUE, contrast, channel; remotely selectable computer input or A/V inputs (VCR, Cable box); stereo RCA outputs to allow connections to your home theater sound system; and Parental channel lock out.
  • [0020]
    Infrared Keyboard: 105 key full sized keyboard; Infrared sensor designed to allow up to 40 foot range of remote operation; Mouse touchpad built into the keyboard; Powered by 2 AAA batteries for long use.
  • [0021]
    Software: Microsoft Windows 95; Entertainment Plus Pack; 55 action packed and fun-filled games; Mavis Beacon teaches typing; World Atlas; Groliers Encyclopedia; America Online software; Netcom Netcruiser Internet software; 10 hours of free on-line trial service through Netcom Communications and America OnLine; and SurfWatch software to keep the Internet safe for your children.
  • [0022]
    The combination television/data monitor has been engineered to provide a unique feature set consisting of all of the following capabilities bundled together:
  • [0023]
    1. Computer levels of display resolution at 640480, 800600, and 1024768.
  • [0024]
    2. Television display capabilities as a stand-alone device without the need for the computer deck to be turned on.
  • [0025]
    3. Selectable input for computer input (VGA 15 pin Dsub) or cable TV type input (75 ohm cable) via hand-held remote control device;
  • [0026]
    television horizontal scanning frequency 15.7 Hz;
  • [0027]
    computer horizontal scanning frequency 31.5-37.8 Hz;
  • [0028]
    [0028]FIG. 6 shows monitor 20, which includes a computer input (VGA 15 pin D-sub) 620 and a cable TV type input (75 Ohm cable) 630.
  • [0029]
    4. Built-in stereo speakers and amplifier.
  • [0030]
    This unique display with its proprietary feature set is capable of sensing what type of signal is present, be it either a TV (NTSC/PAL) or data (VGA/SVGA) signal, then to adjust accordingly to the correct scanning frequency. A further significant feature is the monitor's unique capability to function as a stand-alone television monitor. This is accomplished by adding additional display circuitry allowing for the added display modes.
  • [0031]
    The computer deck has been specially designed to fit into a home entertainment console. Its unique identifying features include:
  • [0032]
    1. Its black or charcoal gray color, similar to the color of other consumer electronics home entertainment devices.
  • [0033]
    2. Its low-profile design height of less than the industry standard 6″ height, enabling it to fit into the confines of most home entertainment cabinets.
  • [0034]
    3. Its ability to run Microsoft DOS and Microsoft Windows.
  • [0035]
    4. Its ability to receive and output to the combination television/data monitor television broadcasts.
  • [0036]
    The input device has been specially designed for the system. Its unique identifying feature set includes the combination of the following design elements:
  • [0037]
    1. Remote control alphanumeric keyboard that utilizes IR (infrared) data transmission between the keyboard's IR transmitter and the computer deck's IR receiver, allowing the keyboard to be operated remotely from the computer deck.
  • [0038]
    [0038]FIG. 6 shows computer deck 30, which includes an IR receiver 610. The IR receiver 610 receives IR signals output from the remote control input device 40 (see FIG. 1, for example).
  • [0039]
    2. Remote control pointing device (mouse, touchpad, or trackball) that utilizes IR (infrared) data transmission between the pointing device's IR transmitter and the computer deck's IR receiver allowing the pointing device to be operated remotely from the computer deck.
  • [0040]
    3. Its black or charcoal gray color.
  • [0041]
    [0041]FIG. 2 shows the monitor 20 displaying a television-only signal in display region 200, FIG. 3 shows the monitor 20 displaying a television signal in display region 310 and displaying a data signal (e.g., Internet data) in display region 320, and FIG. 4 shows the monitor 20 displaying a data signal (e.g., Internet data) in display region 400 (whereby a television signal is not displayed in this mode).
  • [0042]
    [0042]FIG. 5 shows the remote control input device 40, which includes a pointing device 510 (which is shown as a touchpad, but which may alternatively be a mouse or a trackball), an IR data transmission device 520, an IR receiver device 530.
  • [0043]
    While this invention has been described in connection with preferred embodiments thereof, it is obvious that modifications and changes therein may be made by those skilled in the art to which it pertains without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the scope of this invention is to be limited only by the appended claims and equivalents.
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7019792 *Jan 28, 2002Mar 28, 2006Seiko Epson CorporationImage display apparatus
US20020113947 *Jan 28, 2002Aug 22, 2002Seiko Epson CorporationImage display apparatus
Classifications
U.S. Classification348/553, 348/554, 348/E05.096
International ClassificationH04N5/38, H04N3/27, H04N5/44, G09G5/08, H04N21/462, G09G5/00
Cooperative ClassificationH04N5/44, G09G5/006, H04N21/4622, G09G5/00
European ClassificationG09G5/00, G09G5/00T4, H04N5/44