US 7,822,411 B2 Oct. 26, 2010
(73) Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Osaka (JP)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 986 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/639,047
(22) Filed: Dec. 13, 2006
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2007/0133843 Al Jun. 14, 2007
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Dec. 13,2005 (JP) 2005-359472
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 455/420; 358/1.15; 370/328;
(58) Field of Classification Search 235/435;
382/115; 455/41.2, 41.3, 412.1, 414.1, 415, 455/418,419,424,425,517; 370/328; 358/1.15 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
2003/0069921 Al * 4/2003 Lamming etal. ...
2004/0172586 Al * 9/2004 Ragnetetal 715/500
2005/0286463 Al * 12/2005 Matsumoto 370/328
2006/0126113 Al* 6/2006 Narazaki 358/1.15
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
JP 2003-094777 4/2003
JP 2003-107962 4/2003
JP 2004-297440 10/2004
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Kent Chang
Assistant Examiner—Dinh P Nguyen
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Edwards Angell Palmer &
Dodge LLP; David G. Conlin; David A. Tucker
When a user validation portion validates that a person is present adjacent to an electronic apparatus, the electronic apparatus generates an identification code, converts the identification code to a QR code, and displays the QR code on an identification code display portion. When the QR code that has been displayed has been inputted with an identification code input portion to allow an operation portion to assign operation for the electronic apparatus, an operation portion transmits operation information that indicates the operation that has been assigned and the identification code to which the QR code that has been inputted has been decoded. When the identification code that has been received by the electronic apparatus corresponds to the identification code that has been displayed thereon, the electronic apparatus executes the process according to the operation indicated by the operation information that has been received thereby.
8 Claims, 7 Drawing Sheets