(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2004/0139180 Al
White et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jul. 15,2004
(54) AUTOMOBILE MEDIA SYNCHRONIZATION
(75) Inventors: Larry Lee White, San Jose, CA (US);
Kevin Lym, San Jose, CA (US)
HAVERSTOCK & OWENS LLP
162 NORTH WOLFE ROAD
SUNNYVALE, CA 94086 (US)
(73) Assignees: Sony Corporation; Sony Electronics, Inc.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/340,095
(22) Filed: Jan. 10, 2003
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 G06F 15/177
(52) U.S. CI 709 221
A network of devices includes a home media server and a mobile media server. The mobile media server preferably resides within an automobile. A wireless hub couples the home media server to the mobile media server via wireless connections. In operation, when the automobile carrying the mobile media server comes within an operational range of the wireless hub, a first set of media residing on the home media server and a second set of media residing on the mobile media server are synchronized. Preferably, synchronization occurs automatically once the mobile media server is within range of the wireless hub. In this manner, two-way synchronization provides the same media on both the home media server and the mobile media server. Alternatively, media is synchronized one-way.