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2861 results about "Plug and play" patented technology

In computing, a plug and play (PnP) device or computer bus is one with a specification that facilitates the discovery of a hardware component in a system without the need for physical device configuration or user intervention in resolving resource conflicts. The term "plug and play" has since been expanded to a wide variety of applications to which the same lack of user setup applies.

Home automation system and method

A home automation system and method for automatic control of controlled devices throughout a home. A unique architecture of occupancy sensors includes entry / exit sensors for detecting movement through doorways that separate rooms in the home, room motion sensors for detecting room occupancy, spot sensors to detect occupancy of specific locations within the rooms, and house status sensors to detect the status of certain parameters of the home. A central controller communicates with the sensors and controlled objects over a communications network, where the sensors and controlled objects can be added to the system in a ‘plug and play’ manner. The central controller controls the controlled objects in response to the entry / exit sensors, room motion sensors, spot sensors and the house status sensors. This control is accomplished by assigning each room to one of a plurality of room occupancy states, and to one of a plurality of room modes for creating desired room atmospheres using the controlled objects, which both dictate how the controlled objects are controlled by the central controller. The room modes travel from room to room as the occupant moves throughout the home, and multiple occupants can be using different room modes as they move about the home. The controlled objects also have controlled object states, which are used by the central controller to control the controlled objects.
Owner:HOME DIRECTOR

Occupancy sensor and method for home automation system

A room occupancy sensor, a home automation system and a method for automatic control of controlled devices throughout a home. A unique architecture of occupancy sensors includes entry / exit sensors for detecting movement through doorways that separate rooms in the home, room motion sensors for detecting room occupancy, spot sensors to detect occupancy of specific locations within the rooms, and house status sensors to detect the status of certain parameters of the home. A central controller communicates with the sensors and controlled objects over a communications network, where the sensors and controlled objects can be added to the system in a ‘plug and play’ manner. The central controller controls the controlled objects in response to the entry / exit sensors, room motion sensors, spot sensors and the house status sensors. This control is accomplished by assigning each room to one of a plurality of room states, which dictate how the controlled objects are controlled by the central controller. The controlled objects also have controlled object states, which are used by the central controller to control the controlled objects. The room occupancy sensors have a sensitivity that is automatically adjusted based upon temperature measurements, and the number and timing of occupancy detections.
Owner:HOME DIRECTOR

Apparatus and method for analyzing and filtering email and for providing web related services

The inventive methodology provides an integrated plug and play solution designed to protect home networks against spam, phishing emails, viruses, spyware as well as other similar threats. The described content filtering appliance can be used for processing of web and email traffic implemented and can be deployed as a stand-alone appliance. In one implementation, the content processing appliance utilizes backend content filtering provided by a remote scanning service accessed via a network. The system employs network level analysis and translation of content and executes various procedures to handle the network traffic. In an embodiment of the invention, the appliance is provided with an automatic remote updating capability, wherein the software and data used by the appliance can be updated remotely via a network. Finally, the appliance may also implement parental controls.
Owner:MARINO JOSEPH P

Non-intrusive data transmission network for use in an enterprise facility and method for implementing

The present invention is directed to a non-intrusive data transmission network for use in a healthcare facility and method for implementing such network. Each individual patient's room is equipped with a set-top control device, a separate camera, microphone, control module camera control device. The SCD allows for a non-intrusive installation within a minimum amount of time. By utilizing the existing cable television infrastructure, the device creates a high-speed data network throughout the facility. The interface between the SCD and the CCD is accomplished through a standard interface for universally connecting auxiliary devices, such as USB, for enabling expandable, hot-pluggable Plug and Play serial device interfaces. These ports allow external devices such as the camera, microphone, infrared keyboard and privacy control unit to communicate with the SCD. Additional USB ports on the SCD allow for other devices to be connected to the network at a future time. Such devices include those for instrument monitoring, doctor information access or pharmaceutical prescription ordering. Visual information such as e-mail, web browsing, video and audio communications via web camera applications from family members, friends or other parties may be viewed by the patient from the in-room TV set by way of the internal RF modulator (and connecting to the Internet via the patient Internet server). The SCD switches from the standard cable TV channels to the SCD by way of an internal switch controlled by the patient from an infrared control. This control also enables or disables the camera to allow for privacy at times when such privacy is required from external Internet access. The system is configurable to offer this privacy to be layered from specific Internet or external users to the nurses, doctors or security department as the hospital desires.
Owner:CAREVIEW COMM INC

Systems and Methods for Providing A Foundational Web Platform

A Web platform web-application framework in which functional block components are loaded as library elements at the time a website is accessed provides increased quality, accuracy and consistency of the website by enabling website management without a need for third party editors. Look and feel aspects of the website are loaded as library elements which are separate from content objects. Functional components stored as elements within a dictionary minimize redundant labor required to develop and deploy websites while providing extended functionality from a library of “plug and play” web components. Loading functional components as dictionary elements allows for seamless integration into the web-applications framework and other components. The web-application framework also identifies web visitor identifier information that is used to customize the displayed web page to the visitor's location.
Owner:THE ZEPPO NETWORK

Application independent dex/ucs interface

Systems, methods, and devices are described for an application independent DEX / UCS interface (AIDI). The AIDI is a “plug and play” DEX / UCS solution that removes the requirement for developers to know the structure, function, and format of DEX / UCS transaction sets and to make the DEX / UCS process independent from the existing business logic of many mobile applications.
Owner:HAND HELD PRODS

Plug and play reconfigurable USB interface for industrial fieldbus network access

A reconfigurable interface device for providing access to a plurality of fieldbus networks. The interface device includes a reconfigurable circuit which provides access to a selected fieldbus network from among several optional fieldbus networks. According to an embodiment, the reconfigurable circuit includes a plurality of media units, each media unit providing access to one of the several optional fieldbus networks, and a switch unit coupled to each of the plurality of media units, the switch unit activating a media unit corresponding to the selected fieldbus network, and deactivating remaining media units. A reconfigurable control device is provided for controlling and monitoring a plurality of fieldbus networks. The control device includes a host, having a server and non-volatile memory, and a reconfigurable interface device having a reconfigurable circuit. The non-volatile memory stores firmwares for reconfiguring the reconfigurable circuit in accordance with each of the several optional fieldbus networks.
Owner:SMAR RES CORP

Methods and apparatus for enabling bus connectivity over a data network

ActiveUS20060059287A1Facilitate communicationSelectively leverage operating system capabilitiesProgram synchronisationMemory addressAbstraction layer
A method and system for interconnecting peripherals, processor nodes, and hardware devices to a data network to produce a network bus providing OS functionality for managing hardware devices connected to the network bus involves defining a network bus driver at each of the processor nodes that couples hardware device drivers to a network hardware abstraction layer of the processor node. The network bus can be constructed to account for the hot-swappable nature of the hardware devices using a device monitoring function, and plug and play functionality for adding and, removing device driver instances. The network bus can be used to provide a distributed processing system by defining a shared memory space at each processor node. Distributed memory pages are provided with bus-network-wide unique memory addresses, and a distributed memory manager is added to ensure consistency of the distributed memory pages, and to provide a library of functions for user mode applications.
Owner:PLEORA TECH

Storage area network methods and apparatus for associating a logical identification with a physical identification

The invention provides an improved storage area network (SAN) of the type having a digital data processor, e.g., a host, in communication with one or more storage devices, e.g., a LUN and, further, of the type having a plug-and-play (PNP) manager that generates an event in response to a change in status of at least one of the storage devices. The improvement is characterized by at least a selected process, that executes on the host (or other digital data processor) and that references at least a selected one of the storage devices using a previously assigned logical identification, e.g., a LUN ID. The improvement is further characterized by the selected process responding to an event generated by the plug-and-play by querying for information the storage device (or an interface thereto) with respect to which the event was generated. From that information, the process generates a logical identification for the device.
Owner:IBM CORP

Communications, command, and control system with plug-and-play connectivity

A modular communications, command, and control system with plug-and-play connectivity, utilizing configurable independent base stations and portable handsets that preferably have similar components and functionality so as to be interoperable. The system utilizes an open system interconnection architecture preferably having fully integrated layers permitting inter-operability with adaptive applications and inter / intra-linking with external appliances and / or apparatuses. Optionally, the system may be utilized to perform extended information handling / processing, networking, personal assistance, industrial, commercial, medical, military, and / or security functions.
Owner:SALAZAR JOE ANDREW MR

Method for automatic correction and tiled display of plug-and-play large screen projections

The invention discloses a method for automatic correction and tiled display of plug-and-play large screen projections. The method comprises the steps as follows: adaptively generating a checker pattern with a certain resolution ratio, projecting by projectors in sequence, capturing by cameras, carrying out feature detection and identification on complicated projection surfaces or checkers under the illumination condition with a multi-feature detection method based on color and geometry, and creating a Bezier curve function to represent a corresponding relation of points between projector images and camera images; and obtaining effective display areas for screen projection with a quick approach method, determining a corresponding relation of the projection contents of the projectors and the display areas, carrying out geometrical distortion on the images to be projected for geometrical correction, and calculating weight values of pixels in projection overlapping areas with a distance-based nonlinear weight value distribution method for fusion of edge brightness. According to the invention, a plurality of projection images of irregular surfaces can be aligned and seamlessly spliced, and the whole method is simple and easy to use, higher in autonomy and better in seamless splicing performance.
Owner:OCEAN UNIV OF CHINA

Integrated document delivery method and apparatus

A document delivery network server having a set of integrated functions including sending, receiving, routing and filing of FAXes and e-mails to other users which achieves numerous advantages over the prior art. The document delivery system is based on a client / server model having both analog and digital Fax line capabilities. The server side provides very highly integrated systems functionality based on industry standard, commercially available hardware and a mix of industry standard and proprietary software components including integrated FAX / modem modules, an embedded OS, embedded plug-and-play driver sets, embedded e-mail gateways, an embedded FAX archive, embedded back-up / restore, proprietary high efficiency line utilization and highly efficient load balancing.
Owner:OPEN TEXT SA ULC
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