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Patexia Research
Patent No. US 11402927
Issue Date Aug 2, 2022
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Patent 11402927 - Pointing device > Claims

  • 1. An indirect pointer system comprising: a remote control device that is configured to be wielded in mid-air and that includes: a first processor;an accelerometer;a gyroscope;a microphone;a wireless communications system; anda user input element;wherein the first processor is configured to provide, via the wireless communications system, information regarding an orientation of the remote control device based on a combination of an accelerometer output generated by the accelerometer and a gyroscope output generated by the gyroscope, the information enabling indirect control of a cursor displayed on a television based on a change in orientation of the remote control device, the change in orientation indicated by the information in a wireless signal transmitted by the wireless communications system, wherein the remote control device is configured to send, via the wireless communications system, a unique identifier of the remote control device to the television, and wherein the remote control device is further configured to send a signal to the television related to sounds received by the microphone.
    • 2. The system of claim 1, further comprising the television.
    • 3. The system of claim 1, wherein the first processor is configured to determine an orientation of the remote control device based on the accelerometer output generated by the accelerometer and the gyroscope output generated by the gyroscope.
    • 4. The system of claim 1, wherein the remote control device includes a battery.
    • 5. The system of claim 1, wherein a second processor in the television is configured to execute cursor control in response to the information or data received wirelessly from the remote control device.
    • 6. The system of claim 1, wherein a second processor in the television is configured to execute cursor control in response to a command received wirelessly from the remote control device.
    • 7. The system of claim 1 wherein the remote control device does not have a line-of-sight relationship with the cursor.
    • 8. The system of claim 1, wherein the remote control device is configured to perform cursor control while the remote control device is pointed away from the television.
  • 9. A television apparatus comprising: a television receiver;a television display;a wireless communications device configured to receive a wireless signal from a remote control device, the remote control device having a plurality of user selectable buttons and including a rotational element, the remote control further including a housing that includes a battery, a remote control processor, a memory, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a microphone, and a wireless transmitter; anda processor configured to perform indirect cursor control with respect to a position of a cursor to be displayed on the television display, the cursor control being responsive to the wireless signal received by the wireless communications device, wherein a change in the position of the cursor on the television display is based on a change in orientation of the remote control device, the change in orientation indicated by a change in output of one or more of the accelerometer and the gyroscope, and wherein the wireless communication device receives a unique identifier, via the wireless signal, from the remote control device.
    • 10. The television apparatus of claim 9, wherein the processor is configured to control movement of the position of the cursor in a first direction responsive to a first wireless signal received from the remote control device and is configured to control movement of the position of the cursor in a second direction responsive to a second wireless signal received from the remote control device, the first and second directions being perpendicular to each other, the first wireless signal corresponding to movement of the remote control device in a third direction, the second wireless signal corresponding to movement of the remote control device in a fourth direction, the third and fourth directions being perpendicular to each other.
      • 11. The television apparatus of claim 10, wherein the movement of the remote control device in the third direction is rotation of the remote control device parallel to gravity, and wherein the movement of the remote control device in the fourth direction is rotation of the remote control device perpendicular to gravity.
        • 12. The television apparatus of claim 11, wherein the first and second directions are fixed relative to the television display.
      • 13. The television apparatus of claim 10, wherein the processor executes a cursor control program, wherein the television receiver is configured to receive a television signal, and wherein the television display is configured to display television content based on the television signal.
  • 14. An indirect pointing system comprising: a first device that is configured to be wielded in mid-air and that includes: a first processor;an accelerometer;a gyroscope;a wireless communications system; anda user input element;a second device, that is different from the first device, and that includes a second processor, the second device coupled to a display that is configured to display a cursor;wherein an orientation of the first device is determined based on a first accelerometer output generated by the accelerometer and a first gyroscope output generated by the gyroscope;wherein the second processor is responsive to a wireless signal from the wireless communication system of the first device and is configured to control a location of the cursor displayed on the display based on a change in orientation of the first device, the change in orientation indicated by the wireless signal, and wherein the first device is configured to send, via the wireless communication system, a unique identifier of the first device to the second device.
    • 15. The system of claim 14, wherein the first processor or the second processor is configured to determine the orientation of the first device based on the first accelerometer output generated by the accelerometer and the gyroscope output generated by the gyroscope, and wherein the first device further includes a microphone, the display is a television display, and the first device sends a second signal to the second device, the second signal related to sounds received by the microphone.
      • 16. The system of claim 15, wherein the second processor is configured to execute a cursor control routine to control the cursor in response to a command received wirelessly from the first device.
        • 17. The system of claim 16, wherein the command is initiated in response to user input received by the user input element.
        • 18. The system of claim 16, wherein the cursor position on the television display changes responsive to a user action taken with respect to the user input element.
      • 19. The system of claim 15, wherein the second processor is configured to execute a cursor control routine in response to information or data received wirelessly from the first device.
      • 20. The system of claim 15, wherein the television display is a television screen and the second device is a component of a television.
      • 21. The system of claim 15, wherein the first device is configured to initiate computer mouse-like commands to the second device.
        • 22. The system of claim 21, wherein the computer mouse-like commands include an input from a trackball.
      • 23. The system of claim 15, wherein the second device is configured to enable and disable cursor control.
        • 24. The system of claim 23, wherein the second device enables cursor control in response to a signal from the first device.
      • 25. The system of claim 15, wherein a position of the cursor on the television display substantially tracks movement of the first device.
      • 26. The system of claim 15, wherein the first device provides information to the second device to provide indirect cursor control.
      • 27. The system of claim 15, wherein the first device stores sound data in a memory.
      • 28. The system of claim 15, wherein the television display is a television screen, and wherein the first device is configured to make selections using a rotational user input element from a menu of items displayed on the television screen.
    • 29. The system of claim 14, wherein the first device includes a battery.
    • 30. The system of claim 14, wherein the second processor is configured to execute a cursor control routine in response to information or data received wirelessly from the first device.
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